Yaboyabo

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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[edit]

Main article: Serer creation myth

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Gravrand, Henry, "La Civilisation Sereer - Pangool", vol. 2. Les Nouvelles Editions Africaines du Senegal (1990), pp 205-8, ISBN 2-7236-1055-1
  2. ^ a b (French) Yabo Yabo in PEPAM (Retrieved : 25 June 2012)
  3. ^ a b Yaboyabo, Senegal Page [in] Fallingrain map
  4. ^ a b 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. ^ a b c Gravrand, "Pangool", pp 208-9
  6. ^ (French) Becker, Charles, "Vestiges historiques, témoins matériels du passé dans les pays sereer", CNRS-ORSTOM, Dakar, 1993, [1] (Retrieved : 25 June 2012)
  7. ^ Senegal country portal [2] [in]The WatSan Platform.
  8. ^ a b Go mapper

Bibliography[edit]

  • 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, [3] (Retrieved : 25 June 2012)

Coordinates: 14°27′0″N 16°40′0″W / 14.45000°N 16.66667°W / 14.45000; -16.66667