The different parts of a tree in Bassa:

For Mask Kadets

Different parts of a tree include:

1. Roots: The underground part of the tree that anchors it in the soil and absorbs water and nutrients.
2. Trunk: The main stem of the tree that provides support and carries water and nutrients between the roots and the leaves.
3. Branches: The woody extensions of the trunk that grow outwards and support the leaves, flowers, and fruits.
4. Leaves: The flat, green structures attached to the branches that carry out photosynthesis, producing food for the tree.
5. Bark: The protective outer covering of the trunk and branches that helps prevent water loss and protects against pests and diseases.
6. Twigs: The small, thin branches that grow from the larger branches and hold the leaves.
7. Buds: Small, undeveloped growths on the branches that contain the potential for new leaves, flowers, or shoots.
8. Flowers: The reproductive structures of the tree that produce pollen and attract pollinators for fertilization.
9. Fruits: The mature ovaries of the tree that contain seeds and are often consumed by animals, aiding in seed dispersal.
10. Seeds: The reproductive units of the tree that contain the embryo and are capable of developing into new trees.

These are some of the main parts of a tree, but there may be additional specialized structures depending on the species of tree.

In Bassa, the parts of a tree can be described as follows:

1. Nɛ̀ɛ̀nɛ̀: Roots
2. Dyù: Trunk
3. Cu: Branches
4. Dyé: Leaves
5. Ɓɔ̀ɔ̌: Bark
6. Dyèɖè: Twigs
7. Dyé-ɓó: Buds
8. Dyé-dyùa: Flowers
9. Dyé-ɖɛ̀: Fruits
10. Dyoɔ: Seeds

These terms in Bassa represent the different parts of a tree.

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Sources:

Cissé, Youssouf. “Sogo Sigi: Une esthétique des masques Dogon.” (2008).

Griaule, Marcel. “Conversations with Ogotemmeli: An Introduction to Dogon Religious Ideas.” (1965).

Davis, Stephen. “Reggae Bloodlines: In Search of the Music and Culture.” (1978). Chapter 8: “Burning Spear: The Fire Still Burns.”

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