Who governs a sacred territory? The Layenne brotherhood between Yoff and Cambérène

Journal title TERRITORIO
Author/s Adriana Piga
Publishing Year 2012 Issue 2012/61 Language Italian
Pages 4 P. 72-75 File size 1310 KB
DOI 10.3280/TR2012-061012
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Considered from an anthropological standpoint, the urban structure of Dakar is revealed as an actual compromise between various cultural matrices. A local administration with a modern, western concept operates alongside a more traditional local government, which is in turn a reflection of the syncretism between Islam and the purely Lebou religious universe. Some neighbourhoods in Dakar are still sacred territories, where the authority of the mystic orders prevails - informally but openly - over that of democratically elected government bodies. This is the case of Yoff and Cambérène, sacred places where management of the territory is entrusted to the Layene brotherhood.

Keywords: Dakar; sacred territories; Layene

Adriana Piga, Chi governa un territorio sacro? La confraternita dei Layenne tra Yoff e Cambérène in "TERRITORIO" 61/2012, pp 72-75, DOI: 10.3280/TR2012-061012