Togu-na - Djiguibombo - Mali

The Dogon Togu-na  ( or casa palabres - arguing house ) is used by male village elders as a meeting place to discuss village business, socialise and swap stories. Built to strict traditional rules that dictate they are supported by eight pillars (representing the eight Dogon ancestors) and have low roofs, both for maximum shade and to quell arguments. The theory being that if people cannot stand up .. they cannot come to blows !

A thick thatch of millet stalks ensures maximum insulation from the heat.

Another Togu-na that we saw along the route.