Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964623 | Print ISBN: 9781412936361 | Online ISBN: 9781412964623| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Molefi Kete Asante
The Dausi represents a massive complex of historical and mythological dramas associated with the development of the peoples of the Sahel region in Northern Western African. These oral traditions and songs were ancient in the area long before Leo Frobenius, the German ethnologist, visited the Sahel from 1899 to 1915 and collected some of them for translation into German. What is clearly revealed in the corpus of African oral traditions from this region is the relationship between the ancient Garamante people found in the writings of Herodotus in the 5th century BC. Actually, the ancient city of Ghana seems to have been linked to the current city of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, through a series of historical events. According to the Dausi, there was a twin-city called Garama. One section ...