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Africa, African Anthropology - General Resources
By peoples L through Z go to A through K
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.
Laka Lega Lobi Luba Luchazi Luluwa Lunda Luvale Lwalwa Maasai Makonde Mambila Mangbetu Manja Mbole Mende Mitsogo Mossi Mumuye Ngbaka Nkanu Nok Nuna Oron Owo Pende Pokot Punu San Senufo Shambaa Shona Songo Songye Suku Swahili Tabwa Tuareg Urhobo We Wimiama Wodaabe Wolof Woyo Wum Yaka Yombe Yoruba Zaramo Zulu
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.
Mossi __ An overview of Mossi culture and history. "The Mossi are African people whose numbers total around two and a half million residing in Burkina Faso. After 1000 A.D., the Mossi were organized into many kingdoms and one still exists today." - From Minnesota state University - http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/cultural/oldworld/africa/mossi.html
Mossi People __ "The Mossi states were created about 1500 A.D., when bands of
horsemen rode north from what is now northern Ghana into the basin of the Volta
River and conquered several less powerful peoples, including Dogon, Lela, Nuna,
and Kurumba. These were integrated into a new society call Mossi, with the
invaders as chiefs and the conquered as commoners." You will find material
related to art, culture, history, religion, political structure and more. - From
University of Iowa -
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