Bandiagara

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Bandiagara
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Bandiagara
Location in Mali
Coordinates: 14°21′0″N3°36′40″W / 14.35000°N 3.61111°W / 14.35000; -3.61111 Coordinates: 14°21′0″N3°36′40″W / 14.35000°N 3.61111°W / 14.35000; -3.61111
CountryFlag of Mali.svg  Mali
Region Mopti Region
Cercle Bandiagara Cercle
Elevation
392 m (1,286 ft)
Population
 (2009 census) [1]
  Total25,564
Time zone UTC+0 (GMT)

Bandiagara (French pronunciation:  [bɑ̃djaɡaʁa] ) is a small town and urban commune in the Mopti Region of Mali. The name translates roughly to "large eating bowl"—referring to the communal bowl meals are served in. Mainly on its Bandiagara Escarpment it has about 2,000 speakers of the vibrant Bangime language, an isolate used mainly as an anti-language; it has the highest point of the country.

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Bandiagara is 65 km east-southeast of Mopti. A seasonal river, the Yamé, flows in a northeasterly direction through the town. The population includes a number of different ethnic groups including Dogons, Fulani and Bambaras. [2]

History

Bandiagara is said to have been founded in 1770 by Nangabanu Tembély, a Dogon hunter.

In 1864, Tidiani Tall, El Hadj Umar Tall's nephew and successor, chose Bandiagara as capital of the Toucouleur empire.

It is the birthplace of Malian authors Amadou Hampâté Bâ, Madina Ly-Tall and Yambo Ouologuem.

In the music video for the song Reset by Three Trapped Tigers it is shown as the location of an alien rune.

As of 2018 the town remains insecure with attacks on hotels used by UN staff being reported. [3]

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References

  1. Resultats Provisoires RGPH 2009 (Région de Mopti) (PDF) (in French), République de Mali: Institut National de la Statistique, archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-09-19.
  2. https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/692312/mali-hotel-shooting-hotel-la-falaise-in-bandiagara-islamist-attack