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Traditional Dogon architecture throughout a Dogon village consists of a series of unique and exceptional mud buildings. The granaries, or mud pillboxes, have distinctive thatch roofs shaped like a witch’s hat and are created to hold the owner’s possessions. The Dogon mosques are built in traditional Sudanese style, plastered with mud, and incorporate facades decked with stylistic features and triangular patterns.

The togu na, the center of the Dogon village, is a shelter for men that incorporates eight posts to symbolize the original Dogon ancestors. Small, ornate one-chamber buildings called Binou shrines are used for keeping peace with the spiritual world. Cemeteries line the cliff-face of the escarpment and can be accessed by ladders.