Reviewed Resources for Students and
African Anthropology - General
peoples L through Z
go to A through K
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.
Lega People __ "In the 16th century the Lega began their long
migration from modern day Uganda into their present location. They were
a warlike people whose fierceness inspired those, with whom they came
into contact, to adopt many Lega customs. In the 17th century they
attacked the Rwandan outpost of Rutshurer on their way to Maniema, just
west of Lake Tanganyika, dividing and conquering the people who lived in
the region." You will find material related to art, culture, history,
religion, political structure and more. - From University of Iowa -
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