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Africans south of Sahara have never used the horse for agricultural labor, but reserved the animal for the transport of important persons. The horse introduced in Africa during the second millennium BC was a creature of great prestige, a mark of particular luxury. The equestrian theme is very popular among the Dogon. The interpretation of the Dogon carvings of equestrian figures has been a subject of speculation. It is likely that the intention was to commemorate a hero or deceased leader – king, warrior, founding ancestor. Dogon equestrian figures are also believed to depict hogons—both priests and political chiefs of the village. In his left hand he rider is holding the stuff, symbol of prestige and high position.
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