Seereer Culture

The SRC has an extensive archival collection of articles, books, videos and audios  relating to various aspects of Seereer culture.  

The term "Seerer culture" is used here in its generic sense. The Seereer ethnic group is very diverse and the "one size fits all appraoch" does not work. Just as there are differences in language, their are also differences in other aspects of their culture including their belief system.  In spite of these differences, there are more commonalities among the various Seereer people than there are differences. What makes their culture "Seereer culture" is the fact that they are ethnically Seereers and identify themselves as Seereers. 

For a list of topics relating to various aspects of Seereer culture, please scroll down the list below and click on the relevant topic. If there is something you feel we do not have which you would like to see, please contact us.  Some of the videos, audios and images we have are kindly donated by the Seereer community, their friends or individuals/organisations that support our vision. If you have any thing that you think is important to Seereer cultural heritage and would like to donate it to us, please get in touch. We accept most things Seereer related in order to expand our cultural archive. All we ask is that you are the copyright owner or have the right to pass it on to us.


1. Food and agriculture

       1.1 "Saac" or "Chere" (a Seereer form of couscous made from pearl millet) 
       1.2 Seereer agriculture
                1.2.1 Seereer fishing culture
                   Boat building in Seereer culture
        1.3 Animal husbandry in Seereer culture 

2. Clothing 
        2.1 Seereer weaving technique

3. The Seereer family
       3.1  Marriage in Seereer society
       3.2  Birth in Seereer society
       3.3  Seereer names 
       3.4  Seereer surnames 
                 3.4.1 Seereer paternal clans and their totems
       3.5  Seereer maternal clans and their totems
       3.6 Role of women in Seereer society
       3.7 Role of men in Seereer society

4. Education
        4.1 Ndut (rite of passage) and education

5. Seereer philosophy
        5.1. Seereer philosophy of beauty
        5.2  Jom (honour)

6. Inheritance system
        6.1 Paterrnal inheritance (kucarla)
        6.2 Maternal inheritance (ƭeen yaay)

7. Languages of the Seereer people
        7.1 Seereer-Siin (or Seereer)
        7.2 Cangin languages
                 7.2.1 Saafi-Saafi 
                 7.2.2 Ndut 
                 7.2.3 Sili-Sili 
                 7.2.4 Noon 
                 7.2.5 Laalaa

8. Sports 
        8.1 Njom (Seereer wrestling)
                 8.1.1 Njom techniques (see  njom)
                             8.1.2 List of notable njom practitioners  (see  njom)

        9.1 Njuup (conservative music)
                  9.1.1 Mbalax
        9.2 Taasu (variations: tassu, tassou, tasu)
        9.3 Musical instruments
        9.4 Gloassary of Seereer musical terminology
                 9.5.1 List of Seereer language singers
                 9.5.2 List of Saafi-Saafi language singers
                 9.5.3 List of Ndut language singers 
                 9.5.4 List of Sili-Sili language singers
                 9.5.5 List of Noon language singers 
                 9.5.6 List of Laalaa language singers 

10. Seereer dances

11. Seereer poetry, literature and academia
          11.1 List of Seereer poets and writers
                     11.1.1 List of poems/literature written in  Seereer         
                     11.1.2 List of poems/literature written in Saafi-Saafi
                     11.1.3 List of poems/literature written in Ndut 
                     11.1.4 List of poems/literature written in Sili-Sili
                     11.1.5 List of poems/literature written in Noon
                     11.1.6 List of poems/literature written in Laalaa
         11.2 List of Seereer scholars (historians, anthropologists, theologians, etc.)

12. Films/movies/documentaries
         12.1.List of Seereer films
         12.2 List of Seereer film makers
         12.3 List of Seereer actors

13.Seereer media
         13.1 List of Seereer owned radio stations
         13.2 List of Seereer owned newspapers
         13.3 Notable Seereer journalists

         14.1 Seereer politics (precolonial period)
                    14.1.2 Seereer politics (colonial and post colonial period)
                    14.1.3 List of notable Seereer politicians

15. Seereer customary law (interwoven with Seereer religious law)
                     15.1.1 The Council of Lamans 
                     15.1.2 The lamanic families 
                     15.1.3 The fall of the Lamanic Era & Seereer law after lamans (1350 -  present).
                     15.1.4 List of lamans 
                       List of notable Seereer barristers (or lawyers)

16. Joking relationship in Seereer society (maasir)
          16.1 Joking relationship between Seereer and other Senegambian ethnic groups 
          16.2 Joking relationship between Seereer paternal clans

17. Encyclopedia of Seereer proverbs

19. Link to bloggers/websites that promote Seereer culture 

20. Death in Seereer society

*For Seereer material culture, see Seereer history.

"Lutteuses 47" (February 2013)

""Lutteuses 47″ is a documentary about Senegalese women, their place in society and their determination and commitment as women, mothers and Badjenu Gox [aunt]."

Trailer of “Lutteuses 47″.

A documentary about the Seereer people of Dioffior health district, in the Siin-Saluum region of Senegal. A collaborative project which provides training on  tuberculosis to a group of women and tries to  raise awareness of  the disease. 

"The weaver" [in] Lutteuses 47.  A documentary by  Elena Dalmasso

This video shows a Seereer weaver using Seereer weaving technique. 

Notable Seereer artists

Yaandeeh Koodu Seen &  Yuusu Nduur

Yandé Codou Sène 


[In]  "Yandé Codou, la griotte de Senghor."  A documentary directed by Angèle Diabang Brener 


Youssou N'Dour performing in Warsaw, Poland - "during the 5th Cross Culture Festival."


13 Sept 2009 


Henryk Kotowski

Index of Seereer Culture
01. Food and agriculture
02. Clothing
03. Family
04. Education and rite of passage
05. Philosophy
06. Inheritance
07. Languages
08. Sports
09. Music
10. Dances
11. Poetry, literature and academia
12. Films/movies
13. Media
14. Social strata and politics
15. Law
16. Joking relationships
17. Proverbs
18. Associations
19. Bloggers and websites
20. Death


1. Seereer wedding      
2. The mythical Joobaas region and traditional Seereer         costumes for men.
3. A sneak preview of Elena Dalmasso's latest                     work "Lutteuses  47″  - (3 videos) showcasing                 Seereer culture and raising awareness of 

"Serer Wedding of Mbaye and Raisa 5th August 2012, Farar, Senegal"

"Part of wedding ceremony beteew [between] Mbaye and Raisa. The bride, Raisa, has just arrived in the village of the groom, Mbaye. A cow, which will feed everyone, is presented to her before it is slaughtered. The sisters of Mbaye and other family members dance for the bride. WARNING! Graphic scene of cow being killed."

Credit :  Andrew Hards

Seereer "Cosaan" (a generic term for history, culture or tradition). 

This demo reel showcases the numerous Seereer villages around the historical and mythical Saafi region of Joobaas. The name of the group singing is Fasse raŋ (pronounced: Fasse rang). The title of the first song is "Jooɓaas", dedicated to this historic region as the song was recorded while performing in Sange. The last song is "Cosaan Seereer" (Seereer history). The video also depicts agriculture in Seereer country, Seereer women making chere (a Seereer traditional dish similar to couscous but more versatile), dances, some circumcised Seereer boys in all white and Seereer traditional clothing styles called mbuɓ or ŋgul ɓak. The hat is called giirii. In Seereer symbolism, the middle part of the hat represents a cobra which is called inaasiɓin in Saafi-Saafi. It represents power, strength and wisdom/foresight. 

Credit:  Dimlé Sène



Directed by: Elena Dalmasso

Produced by: 

Stop TB Italy and Tibitubu

Edited by: 

Elena Dalmasso and Cristina Spizzamiglio Dalmasso

To get more information about the work they do and about the documentary (Lutteuses 47), visit their website.

Official website:

"THE SACRED BAOBAB" [in] Lutteuses 47. documentary by  Elena Dalmasso

This video shows "the sacred baobab" tree which figures prominently in Seereer religion and cosmogony as well as in Seereer medicine and day to day dietary needs. 

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