Diakhao Arrondissement

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Diakhao Arrondissement
Jaxaaw
Arrondissement
Location in the Fatick Region
Location in the Fatick Region
Country  Senegal
Region Fatick Region
Department Fatick Department
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)

Diakhao Arrondissement (Serer proper : Jaxaaw[1]) is an arrondissement of the Fatick Department in the Fatick Region of Senegal. Its capital is Diakhao.

Subdivisions[edit]

The arrondissement is divided administratively into rural communities and in turn into villages.

History[edit]

Diakhao is over-run by the Serer people. It was once part of the pre-colonial Kingdom of Sine. Diakhao holds great prominence in Serer medieval history because many of the Maad a Sinigs (title for the king of Sine) were crowned at Diakhao, at least from 1350 during the reign of Maad a Sinig Maysa Wali Jaxateh Manneh[2] to 1969, the year the last Serer king of Sine — Maad a Sinig Mahecor Joof died.[3] As well as being the main capital of Sine, it was also the historical residence of many of the kings of Sine. Maad a Sinig Mahecor Joof died in Diakhao on 3 August 1969.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gravrand, Henry, "La Civilisation Sereer - Cosaan", Nouvelles Editions africaines (1983), p 202, ISBN 2723608778
  2. ^ Sarr, Alioune, "Histoire du Sine-Saloum", (Sénégal), Introduction, bibliographie et notes par Charles Becker. Version légèrement remaniée par rapport à celle qui est parue en 1986-87. p 19
  3. ^ a b Faye, Louis Diène, " Mort et Naissance le monde Sereer, Les Nouvelles Editions Africaines (1983), p 59, ISBN 2-7236-0868-9