The Baoulé rites in the regulation of customary land in Bouaké (Ivory Coast): the case of the locality Djebonoua
- Country : Côte d'Ivoire
- Subject : Socio-anthropologist
In the Baoulé of Côte d'Ivoire, land is at the center of customary power. It governs all facets of the indigenous society of the city of Bouaké. Beyond the physical good that gives the villager a certain ease, the customary grounds are also the sanctuary of the gods and the Land spirits. The special relationship of the locality of Djebonoua with the world of earthly divinities guarantees harmony between the dead and the living. However, since human nature is prone to decay, the sacred bond between the living and the ancestors may be disrupted, creating dysfunctions and disturbances of a social and environmental nature. In the framework of the socio-anthropology of development, we will proceed with Pierre Bourdieu's social capital to understand the meaning of traditional religious activity in this community.