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Africa, African Anthropology - General Resources
By peoples A through K go to L through Z
The peoples of Africa are often described in terms of their ethnic background or their languages. There are several thousand ethnic groups in Africa, ranging in physical stature from the short Pygmies to the tall Maasai, each with its own cultural traditions. Here are only a few of them.
Akan Akuapem Akye Anyi Aowin Asante Babanki Baga Bali Bamana Bamileke Bamum Bangubangu Bangwa Baule Beembe Bembe Berber Bidyogo Bobo Bushoong Bwa Chokwe Dan Diamande Dogon Eket Fang Fante Fon Frafra Fulani Hausa Hemba Holoholo Ibibio Idoma Igbira Igbo Ijo Kabre Karagwe Kassena Katana Kom Kongo Kota Kuba Kusu Kwahu Kwere
Please note: Some of the peoples and associations presented here are so closely related that more than one topic heading may apply. For example, The Akan people are given a page of their own, yet the Asante ( Ashanti ) are also an Akan people, as are the Akuapem. So, a full search for the 'Akan' may involve looking at pages dedicated to sub-groups as well. Some sub-group pages may contain only a link or two, but they are still part of a much larger picture.
You will find a similar relationship among some of other peoples listed here. This is a case where a little advanced knowledge of the subject may be an advantage when using these pages.
Baga Art __ Here you will find a good article and images of Baga arts. - illustrated - From African Museum of Art - http://www.zyama.com/baga/index.htm
The Baga and their art __ You will find an essay about Baga art along with some good history and more. - From Frederick Lamp - http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1546/is_n2_v12/ai_19404311
Baga Mask __ "Baga artists are well known for their multifunctional masks and statues. Amongst them are the basonyimask ...Bansonyi masks (Serpent headdress that embodies the snake spirit Mantsho-na-tsol). The "bansonyi" lives in the sacred forest and only appears during initiation ceremonies when young men graduate as initiates. The mask can also be used for a wide variety of functions namely during funerals, to detect evil forces and cure sterility." A bit of history and culture in this brief piece. - illustrated - From rebirth.co.za - http://www.rebirth.co.za/bagamask.htm
__ "The Baga have lived in their current location since the 14th
century. They migrated to this area from the interior highlands in upper Niger
accompanied by several other peoples who share linguistic similarities,
including the Landuma, Tyapi, and Temne peoples. From the 14th to the early 20th
century they were repeatedly invaded by the Nalu, Susu, Djalonke, Maninka, and
the Fulbe among others." You will find material related to culture, art,
history, religion and more. - From University of Iowa -
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