Yancouba Seydi Manuscript Collection
(2018-10-04)Images of manuscript owner Yancouba Seydi and the community of Diatouma, Sedhiou, Senegal, for the manuscript digitization work done in October 2018.
The manuscript is a copy of a divination manual in Mandinka Ajami. Divination is popular in Muslim Africa. It is known in Senegambian Mandinka communities as Ramuloo (from Arabic: Khatt al-Raml). Muslim religious leaders ...
The document is a Mandinka Ajami devotional poem titled Kitaaboo Foloota (English: The Book Began), which alludes to the beginning of the Quran. The poem praises God and Prophet Muḥammad and teaches tawḥīd (English: oneness ...