KAHONE is a town and commune near
Senegal . It is primarily
agricultural, but it is participating in industrial development plans.
Also, the town is pursuing increased tourism based on its ancient
Kahone is the royal seat of the Serer Kingdom of
Saloum which has
ruled there since the 15th century after the Battle of Turubang (1335)
and centuries previous to that.
Kahone was originally a far more
important town than
Kaolack , but the roles have been reversed in
recent years, and
Kahone has been reduced to a sub-prefecture of
Kaolack. An annual royal festival is celebrated in which the OMaad
(Serer king), Djaraaf (Serer prime minister) and other dignitaries
meet to decide kingdom issues and hold pageants celebrating the
Saloum and the
Serer people .
There is a mosque thanks to the Wolof and Fula
Muslim settlers and a
Catholic mission in Kahone. There are numerous ancient tombs, stone
circles and megaliths in the vicinity as well as large burial mounds
implanted with baobab trees.
Kahone is routinely involved in many administrative territorial
disputes with neighboring communes, always emphasizing its earlier
In 2007, according to official estimates,
Kahone had 5,852
* Histoire du Sine-Saloum. Introduction, bibliographie et Notes par
Charles Becker, BIFAN, Tome 46, Serie B, n° 3-4, 1986-1987
* La civilisation sereer, I. Coosan, Dakar, Nouvelles Editions
Martin A. Klein,
* Islam and Imperialism in
Senegal Sine-Saloum, 1847-1914,
Edinburgh At the University Press (1968)
Kingdom of Sine
* Kingdom of
Coordinates : 14°09′41″N 16°01′51″W / 14.16139°N
16.03083°W / 14.16139; -16.03083
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