Cultures & Traditions


The word déblé, can be roughly translated as “spirit figure.” This term is considered sacred to the Senufo men’s initiation society, the Poro, and the word would rarely be used outside of a village’s sacred grove. Male and female déblés are used at funerals to represent the original parents of the Senufo peoples who established the social, moral, and intellectual traditions of the community.

Adapted from

DMA Connect, 2012.