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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.
Akan Golden Weights __ "The Akan Gold Weights can be seen as classic representations of the depth and dimensions of African material culture. The weights are symbols of conventionalized reflections, each weight signifying specific meanings." A brief look. - illustrated - From library.cornell.edu - http://www.library.cornell.edu/africana/Writing_Systems/akan.html
Akan Language Bibliography Page __ A bibliography - From Michigan State University - http://www.isp.msu.edu/AfrLang/Handbook/Akan-bib.htm
Akan languages, alphabet and pronunciation __ You will find details of the Akan languages of Ghana, including Twi, Asante and Fante. - From omniglot.com - http://www.omniglot.com/writing/akan.htm
The Akan Naming Ceremony __ An overview of the ceremony and importance of giving a name. - From africawithin.com - http://www.africawithin.com/studies/akan_naming_ceremony.htm
Akan People __ "Among the Akan-speaking peoples of southern Ghana and adjacent Côte d'Ivoire ritual pottery and figurative terracottas are used in connection with funeral practices that date at least to the 1600s. Much of what we know about ancient Akan customs comes to us in the form of oral histories which have survived for several hundred years." For now, this site has a brief overview of Akan history only. - From University of Iowa - http://www.uiowa.edu/~africart/toc/people/Akan.html
Akan people __ General overview of the Akan people along with links to additional Akan resources. - From nationmaster.com - http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Akan-people
Akan people __ "The Akan people are a linguistic group of West Africa. This group includes the Akuapem, the Akyem, the Ashanti, the Baoulé, the Anyi, the Brong, the Fante and the Nzema peoples of both Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire." An encyclopedic article with links to related topics. - From wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akan_people
Akan - Religion __ A brief overview of the history and practice of Akan religion. - From everyculture.com - http://www.everyculture.com/Africa-Middle-East/Akan-Religion.html
Akan-ashanti __ "The Akan people occupy practically the whole of Ghana south and west of the Black Volta. Historical accounts suggest that Akan groups migrated from the north to occupy the forest and coastal areas of the south as early as the thirteenth century. " An overview of the Akan-ashanti people and their history. - From beepworld.de - http://www.beepworld.de/members18/shika-gold/ashanti.htm
Category:Akan language __ Index of Wikipedia articles related to the Akan language. - From wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Akan_language
Ghanaian Akan Names __ "Akan is a language mostly spoken in southern Ghana. In Akan one of the names a person is given depends on his or her day of the week of birth, and the person's gender. Consequently there are only fourteen of these Akan names." Learn what your name would be. - from MIM - http://www.fortunecity.com/victorian/carroll/17/akan_names.htm
Rulers of the Akan state of Asante
__ List of rulers (kings) beginning in 1570 to present. - From
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