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.
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 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 -
__ "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 -