Documenting cultural events in Cangin, a Noon language of Senegal

Documenting cultural events in Cangin, a Noon language of Senegal

Language: Cangin, Noon (ISO639-3:snf)
Depositor: Mohamadou Hamine Wane
Location: Senegal
Deposit Id: 0160
Grant id: IGS0157, IGS0204
Funding body: ELDP
Level: Deposit

Summary of deposit

Cangin is a dialect of Noon (ISO 639-3: snf), whose population is estimated at 9,000. It is spoken in the Thiès area, a region in the west of Senegal (14°48'0"N / 16°56'0"W).

The Cangin community's culture is very different from that of surrounding groups, but is being lost.

This collection will contain documentation of ceremonial performances and cultural knowledge, with an aim to preserve a record of this unique culture. The included corpus will further contribute to the speech community's efforts to maintain and strengthen their language and culture.

Group represented
Cangin community, Senegal.

Language information
Cangin is a dialect of Noon (Non, None, Serer, Serer-Noon), a Niger-Congo language spoken by an estimated 9,000 members of the Cangin community in the Thiès area of Senegal. Other Noon dialects include Padee and Saawii.

Deposit contents
The deposit contains 188 files including audio, video, images, text, Elan files and their metadata. The corpus is composed of two cultural aspects of the noon people:
a) Divination called "paƴ " or "payaa" in Noon. It is a ritual for the Noon people through which they pray God to intercede for them.
b) "mbilim" is a festival of songs and dance.
Access is open to the collections of Festival of songs and dance; for divination, access to the audio/video recordings and transcriptions/translations and images requires a researcher or community member role.

Acknowledgement and citation

To refer to any data from the corpus, please cite the corpus in this way:

Wane, Mohamadou Hamine. 2015. Documenting cultural events in Cangin, a Noon language of Senegal. London: SOAS, Endangered Languages Archive. URL: Accessed on [insert date here].

In addition, users of any part of the collection should cite ELDP as the funder, and the speakers whose words and/or images are used, by name. Contributors who helped in data collection, transcription and translation should be acknowledged. All information is available in the metadata.


Collection online
Resources online and curated


Mohamadou Hamine Wane
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Affiliation: Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar, Senegal; Leiden University, The Netherlands

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Khadim is singing.

Recorded on: 2012-04-09

an old man and the children are dancing "mbilim"

Recorded on: 2012-04-09

THey are dancing "mbilim"

Recorded on: 2012-04-09

This is a ceremony of divination organized prior the second round of the Presidential elections in Senegal.

Recorded on: 2012-03-18

Fara is commenting the video of the ceremony of divination.

Recorded on: 2012-04-21

Pascal Dethie describes the days of the week in noon and gives their meanings

Recorded on: 2012-05-02

Djiby is describing the different drums used to play "mbilim" and their roles.

Recorded on: 2012-07-12

Pascal Dethie narrates how divination was pratised in the past up today. He gives somes anecdotes.

Recorded on: 2012-05-02