The walls of the Fault used to be home of the Tellem people, Bandiagara’s former inhabitants. It is said that they would access their dwellings climbing through the countless creeping plants that covered those walls. Currently, those dwellings are used by the Dogon people to bury their deceased.
While visiting the Dogon country we will have the opportunity to be acquainted with some of their traditions, to listen to their magical accounts, and to know their houses, formed by a series of dwellings built around a central patio where they perform their daily duties. Also we will get to know their barns, crowned with a conical thatched roof, where women and men keep their belongings separately; the house of the word, or toguna, meeting quarters of the elders that join there to speak, debate or take decisions about the village, with low roofing to facilitate a quiet discussion; the houses of the menstruation, where women retire during their menstrual periods; and the house of the hogon, the tribal chief who is in charge to transmit all his knowledge to his successor.