Religion

Regarding religion, Jean Rouch’s (French ethnographer and film maker 1917-2004) first film shows a possession dance performed after the Songhay fishermen-hunters, called Sorkey, have killed a hippopotamus.
Rouch Jean, 1947, Au pays des mages noirs, 12 minutes, http://www.ina.fr/video/AFE04020801

Yet, it is important to note that the Sorkawa and the Sorkey are two different professional groups, speaking different languages (Hausa and Songhay-Zarma), mastering different techniques to hunt fresh water animals and catch fish. Both the Sorkey and the Sorkawa have converted to islam but many still practice ancient religion (animism).

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By Eric Hahonou