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Kokh Kox
KOKH KOX (or KOH, as pronounced in Noon ) is the creator god of the Noon people . The Noon are members of the Serer ethnic group of Senegal
Senegal
, the Gambia
Gambia
and Mauritania
Mauritania
. Kokh Kox
Kokh Kox
is one of the main deities in Serer religion . The Noon people refer to the supreme being as Kokh Kox
Kokh Kox
rather than Roog
Roog
, the name the majority of Serers refer to the supreme being in the Serer-Sine language . The name Kokh Kox derives from the deity Koox , the name the Saafi people regularly use to refer to the divine
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Noon Language
NOON (Non, None, Serer-Noon, Serer-Non) is a Cangin language of Senegal
Senegal
spoken in the Thiès region (14°47'0"N / 16°55'0"W). There is an estimated population of 10,000 - 50,000 speakers worldwide, rendering this language to be vulnerable .Ethnologue reports that it is 84% cognate (and 52% intelligible) with Lehar , essentially a divergent dialect, and 68% cognate with the other Cangin languages. The Noon people identify themselves ethnically as Serer . However, their language, often called Serer-Noon on the assumption that it is a Serer dialect, is not closely related to the principal language of the Serer population, Serer-Sine . CONTENTS * 1 Status * 2 Orthography * 2.1 Consonants * 2.2 Vowels * 2.3 Capitalization Rules * 2.3.1 Rule 1
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Dog
Canis
Canis
familiaris (Linnaeus ,1758) Montage showing the morphological variation of the dog. The DOMESTIC DOG ( Canis
Canis
lupus familiaris or Canis
Canis
familiaris) is a member of genus Canis
Canis
(canines) that forms part of the wolf-like canids , and is the most widely abundant carnivore . The dog and the extant gray wolf are sister taxa , with modern wolves not closely related to the wolves that were first domesticated, which implies that the direct ancestor of the dog is extinct. The dog was the first domesticated species and has been selectively bred over millennia for various behaviors, sensory capabilities, and physical attributes. These traits include genetic modifications related to Williams-Beuren syndrome in humans, which cause hypersociability at the expense of problem solving ability
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Sacred Grove
A SACRED GROVE or SACRED WOODS are any grove of trees that are of special religious importance to a particular culture. Sacred groves feature in various cultures throughout the world. They were important features of the mythological landscape and cult practice of Celtic , Baltic , Germanic , ancient Greek , Near Eastern , Roman , and Slavic polytheism , and were also used in India, Japan, and West Africa. Examples of sacred groves include the Greco-Roman temenos , the Norse hörgr , and the Celtic nemeton , which was largely but not exclusively associated with Druidic practice. During the Northern Crusades , there was a common practice of building churches on the sites of sacred groves. The Lakota and various other North American tribes consider particular forests or other natural landmarks to be sacred. Ancient holy trees still exist in the English and Estonian countryside and are mentioned often in folklore and fairytales
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Cosmogony
COSMOGONY (or COSMOGENY) is any model concerning the origin of either the cosmos or universe . Developing a complete theoretical model has implications in both the philosophy of science and epistemology . CONTENTS * 1 Etymology * 2 Overview * 3 Compared with cosmology * 4 Theoretical scenarios * 5 See also * 6 References ETYMOLOGYThe word comes from the Koine Greek κοσμογονία (from κόσμος "cosmos , the world") and the root of γί(γ)νομαι / γέγονα ("come into a new state of being"). In astronomy , cosmogony refers to the study of the origin of particular astrophysical objects or systems, and is most commonly used in reference to the origin of the Universe, the Solar System, or the Earth–Moon system
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Mauritania
Coordinates : 20°N 12°W / 20°N 12°W / 20; -12 Islamic Republic
Republic
of Mauritania الجمهورية الإسلامية الموريتانية (Arabic ) al-Jumhūrīyah al-Islāmīyah al-Mūrītānīyah République islamique de Mauritanie (French ) Flag Seal MOTTO: شرف إخاء عدل (Arabic) "Honor, Fraternity, Justice" ANTHEM: نشيد وطني موريتاني " National anthem of Mauritania "<
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Creator God
A CREATOR DEITY or CREATOR GOD (often called THE CREATOR) is a deity or god responsible for the creation of the Earth
Earth
, world , and universe . In monotheism , the single God
God
is often also the creator. A number of monolatristic traditions separate a secondary creator from a primary transcendent being, identified as a primary creator
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Gambia
THE GAMBIA (/ˈɡæmbi.ə/ ( listen )), officially the REPUBLIC OF THE GAMBIA, is a country in West Africa
West Africa
that is entirely surrounded by Senegal
Senegal
except for its coastline on the Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic Ocean
at its western end. It is the smallest country in mainland Africa
Africa
. The Gambia is situated on either side of the Gambia River , the nation's namesake, which flows through the centre of The Gambia and empties into the Atlantic Ocean. Its area is 10,689 square kilometres (4,127 sq mi) with a population of 1,882,450 at the April 2013 census (provisional). Banjul
Banjul
is the Gambian capital, and the largest cities are Serekunda and Brikama
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Cekeen Tumulus
The TUMULI OF CEKEEN are located in the Diourbel Department
Diourbel Department
of the Diourbel Region . The Diourbel Region and the city of Diourbel were part of the precolonial Kingdom of Baol , now part of present-day Senegal
Senegal
. CONTENTS * 1 Purpose * 2 World Heritage Status * 3 See also * 4 References PURPOSEIn this area, a tumulus was used as a burial mound for chiefs. A deceased chief would be joined by other members of his court along with important objects such as furniture and other implements. In this case, he and his escort would be situated in the chief's hut, whereupon the hut was buried with soil and rocks. Thousands of such tumuli exist in Senegal, but it is in Cekeen that the biggest and most densely scattered occur
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Tassili N'Ajjer
TASSILI N\'AJJER (Berber : Tasili n Ajjer, Arabic : طاسيلي ناجر‎‎, English: Plateau of the Rivers) is a heavily eroded sandstone rock formation in the Sahara desert, located on a vast plateau that encompasses southeastern Algeria
Algeria
, western Libya
Libya
and northern Niger
Niger
. It features over 300 rock arches, dense clusters of eroded sandstone rock pillars, and steep cliffs and gorges, where water pools permanently at the surface. Tassili n'Ajjer
Tassili n'Ajjer
covers an area of over 72,000 km2 (28,000 sq mi)
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Marguerite Dupire
MARGUERITE DUPIRE (12 October 1920 – 4 March 2015) was a French ethnologist who specialises on African people , and had worked extensively on the Fulani of Niger
Niger
, Cameroon
Cameroon
, Guinea
Guinea
, Senegal
Senegal
, and then after a mission in Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast
, on the Serer people of Sine (in Senegal) since 1965. CONTENTS * 1 Biography * 2 Publications * 3 External links * 4 Notes BIOGRAPHYDupire gained a degree in philosophy in 1943. She then completed her training by studying psychology and ethnology at the University of Paris , then in the United States
United States
, at the Northwestern University
Northwestern University
and the Philadelphia University , where she was the student of notable anthropologists such as Melville Herskovits and Alfred Irving Hallowell in the late 1940s
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International Standard Book Number
The INTERNATIONAL STANDARD BOOK NUMBER (ISBN) is a unique numeric commercial book identifier. An ISBN is assigned to each edition and variation (except reprintings) of a book. For example, an e-book , a paperback and a hardcover edition of the same book would each have a different ISBN. The ISBN is 13 digits long if assigned on or after 1 January 2007, and 10 digits long if assigned before 2007. The method of assigning an ISBN is nation-based and varies from country to country, often depending on how large the publishing industry is within a country. The initial ISBN configuration of recognition was generated in 1967 based upon the 9-digit STANDARD BOOK NUMBERING (SBN) created in 1966. The 10-digit ISBN format was developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and was published in 1970 as international standard ISO 2108 (the SBN code can be converted to a ten digit ISBN by prefixing it with a zero)
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Animism
ANIMISM (from Latin
Latin
anima, "breath , spirit , life ") is the religious belief that objects, places, and creatures all possess a distinct spiritual essence. Potentially, animism perceives all things—animals, plants, rocks, rivers, weather systems, human handiwork, and perhaps even words—as animated and alive. Animism
Animism
is the oldest known type of belief system in the world that even predates paganism . It is still practiced in a variety of forms in many traditional societies. Animism
Animism
is used in the anthropology of religion as a term for the belief system of many indigenous tribal peoples , especially in contrast to the relatively more recent development of organized religions . Although each culture has its own different mythologies and rituals, "animism" is said to describe the most common, foundational thread of indigenous peoples' "spiritual" or "supernatural" perspectives
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Special
SPECIAL or SPECIALS may refer to: CONTENTS * 1 Music * 2 Film and television * 3 Other uses * 4 See also MUSIC * Special (album) , a 1992 album by Vesta Williams * "Special" (Garbage song) , 1998 * "Special" (Mew song) , 2005 * "Special" (Stephen Lynch song) , 2000 * The Specials
The Specials
, a British band * "Special", a song by Violent Femmes on The Blind Leading the Naked * "Special", a song on
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Serer Prehistory
The prehistoric and ancient history of the Serer people of modern-day Senegambia
Senegambia
has been extensively studied and documented over the years. Much of it comes from archaeological discoveries and Serer tradition rooted in the Serer religion
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Serer History
The medieval history of the Serer people of Senegambia
Senegambia
is partly characterised by resisting Islamization
Islamization
from perhaps the 11th century during the Almoravid movement (which would later result in the Serers of Takrur migration to the south), to the 19th century Marabout movement of Senegambia
Senegambia
and continuation of the old Serer paternal dynasties
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