Mamadou Biaye Collection
A collection of documents, which reflect some of the local preoccupations in Mandinka communities of Casamance. They deal with different divination techniques using astrological signs and names of Islamic figures to predict people's future, diagnose their problems, and provide solutions to their concerns. Some manuscripts include special recipes for fame, success, protection against enemies, and treatments of various illnesses. The manuscripts are written in Mandinka Ajami with some figures and prayers in Arabic.
This is a joint project between Boston University and the West African Research Center (WARC), funded by the British Library/Arcadia Endangered Archives Programme. Support for this project is also being provided from the BU College of Arts & Sciences (Dean Ann E. Cudd and Associate Dean Nancy Ammerman), the Department of Anthropology, and BU Libraries. Fieldwork Team: Dr. Fallou Ngom (Pricipal Investigator; Director, African Studies Center), Ablaye Diakité (Local Project Manager), Mr. Ibrahima Yaffa (General Field Facilitator), and Ibrahima Ngom (photographer). Technical Team: Dr. Fallou Ngom (Principal Investigator; Director, African Studies Center), and Eleni Castro (Technical Lead, BU Libraries). This collection of Mandinka Ajami materials is copied as part of the African Studies Center’s African Ajami Library. Access Condition and Copyright: These materials are subject to copyright and are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License, which permits non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are fully cited using the information below. For use, distribution or reproduction beyond these terms, contact Professor Fallou Ngom (firstname.lastname@example.org). Citation: Materials in this web edition should be cited as: Ngom, Fallou, Castro, Eleni, & Diakité, Ablaye. (2018). African Ajami Library: EAP 1042. Digital Preservation of Mandinka Ajami Materials of Casamance, Senegal. Boston: Boston University Libraries: http://hdl.handle.net/2144/27112. For Inquiries: please contact Professor Fallou Ngom (email@example.com). For technical assistance, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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(2018-07-04)Images taken for interview with manuscript owner Mamadou Biaye (right) in Tanaff, Sedhiou, Senegal, for the manuscript digitization work done in July 2018.
The manuscript is a copy from the original document written by Saloum Yaffa. It deals with divination techniques (including astrological signs) used to identify people's problems and to find appropriate solutions. The ...
The manuscript is a copy from the original document written by Saloum Yaffa. It is called Liifoo in Mandinka by its owner and deals with techniques of incantation and divination that local marabouts (local religious leaders ...
The manuscript is a copy from the original document written by Saloum Yaffa. It deals with techniques used to address people's social problems. The techniques include divination to identify people's specific concerns and ...
The manuscript is a copy from the original document written by Saloum Yaffa. It deals with divination techniques (including astrological signs) used to identify people's problems and to address their preoccupations, including ...
Contains a collection of 15 ephemeral texts primarily written in Mandinka Ajami with some figures, recipes, and litanies in Arabic. They are copied from the original documents by Saloum Yaffa. The documents deal with various ...