Yaboyabo

Yaboyabo (Serer, variations : Yaabo-Yabo, Yabo Yabo, YABO-YABO or Yabo-Yabo) is an ancient village[1] in the rural community of Séssène (var : Sessene), in the Thies Region of Senegal.[2][3]

History and religious status

Linked to Serer mythology and religion and deemed one of the Serer holy sites, Yaboyabo is one of the oldest villages in Senegal.[1] According to the Serer creation myth, Yaboyabo takes its name from the first human couple[1] (YAAB and YOP,[4] var : YAAB and YOB) created by the supreme being Roog (or Koox among the Cangin).[4] The narrative went on to state that, the original twins (female and male respectively) were carried from the Empyrean Heaven by an ark.[1] This is believed to be deposited in the sacred village of Yaboyabo.[1] Although the ark of Yaabo-Yabo is an ancient relic[5] under the guardianship of this Serer village, and ritually venerated by those who adhere to the tenets of Serer religion,[5] it is highly unlikely to be the original "ark" and was probably an ancient replica. Many Serer homes have ancient artifacts, some of which are religious in nature (see Serer ancient history).[5][6]

Population

The population is overrun by the Serer people, the original inhabitants. As of 2012, the population is estimated to be between 1715[2] and 1953.[7]

Geography

Some of the nearest localities include Tattaguine, Mbefel, Saokom, Sakone, Dom and Diarab.[3][8] The closest major cities include Thies and Kaolack.[8]

See also

References

  1. Gravrand, Henry, "La Civilisation Sereer - Pangool", vol. 2. Les Nouvelles Editions Africaines du Senegal (1990), pp 205-8, ISBN 2-7236-1055-1
  2. (in French) Yabo Yabo in PEPAM (Retrieved : 25 June 2012)
  3. Yaboyabo, Senegal Page [in] Fallingrain map
  4. Genesis of YAAB & YOP » narrated by « Armand Diouf » of Ndimaag (Senegal), [in] Gravrand, Henry, "La Civilisation Sereer - Pangool", vol. 2. Les Nouvelles Editions Africaines du Senegal (1990), p 204, ISBN 2-7236-1055-1
  5. Gravrand, "Pangool", pp 208-9
  6. (in French) Becker, Charles, "Vestiges historiques, témoins matériels du passé dans les pays sereer", CNRS-ORSTOM, Dakar, 1993, (Retrieved : 25 June 2012)
  7. Senegal country portal [in]The WatSan Platform.
  8. Go mapper

Bibliography

  • Gravrand, Henry, "La Civilisation Sereer - Pangool", vol. 2. Les Nouvelles Editions Africaines du Senegal (1990), ISBN 2-7236-1055-1
  • Becker, Charles, "Vestiges historiques, témoins matériels du passé dans les pays sereer", CNRS-ORSTOM, Dakar, 1993, (Retrieved : 25 June 2012)

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