The opening towards a symbolism of water does not represent the negation of economic, political or technical approaches that have a great importance for the human being, but rather invites us to focus on the “being” of water. So, by this transfer, we can make two observations. Besides the management of its quality and that of the power relationships related to it, the management of water can also have another dimension: the symbolic one. Some facts of a notion of the relationship with water in the “ amphibious kingdom” of Walo show how this relationship played a basic institutional rule in the social organization and how, from the socialization of this resource, is born the wish to live in harmony with the environment.
l’Etre de l’eau dans l’imaginaire collectif et la cosmologie des Walo-Walo du Sénégal