The origins of the Seereer people
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"Religiously, the Serer follow the pattern of many West African people: They have a belief in one Supreme Deity, Roog. In their view, Roog
created everything in the universe, but all of the ordinary things that have to do with daily life, relationships, land disputes, war, and death are
left to the ancestors. Among the Serer, there are elaborate ceremonies surrounding their relationship with their clan and totemic ancestors.
Names such as Faye, Sar, Fall, Diange, and Diouf are considered totemic for the Serer." (Asante, Molefi Kete ; Mazama, Ama, "Encyclopedia of African Religion" )
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"The oral tradition of the Serer states that, they traveled from the Upper Nile to West Africa. One of the reasons that Cheikh Anta Diop claimed that the Serer were able to reject Islam, being one of the few African groups in the West African Sahel region to do so successfully, might be because of their strong connection to their ancient religious past." (Diop, Cheikh Anta, "The African origin of civilization" - "Myth or reality" [in] Asante, Molefi Kete ; Mazama, Ama , "Encyclopedia of African Religion" )
Professor Cheikh Anta Diop was one of the first scholars to propose a Nile Valley origin. In "The African origin of civilization" - "Myth or reality" (p. 192), he writes:
"The Serer probably came to Senegal from the Nile basin; their route was said to be marked by the upright stones found at the same latitude, from almost as far away as Ethiopia to Sine-Salum.
On the subject of the Thiemassas culture discussed in the Seereer archaeological sites article, Henry Gravrand ("Pangool", p.77) writes:
Citing Cheikh Anta Diop and others, Asante writes:
Notes and references
Tobaski is an ancient Seereer religious festival. It was a fetish competition festival based on the tracking of a dead / shot animal with an arrow. The animal itself was the Tobaski, who ever found it won the Tobaski (the prize). The word Tobaski comes from old Seereer. After the Wolof and other Senegambian groups mass conversion to Islam in the 19th-century, the Seereer word Tobaski was adopted for the Islamic festival