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African Mythology. African Culture. As diverse as the continent is large Until Western interference Less centralized Based on tribal affiliation. Regions . Boarders are really arbitrary Tribes do not fit into neat packages like the countries. Zaire.

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African mythology

African Mythology


African culture

African Culture

  • As diverse as the continent is large

  • Until Western interference

    • Less centralized

    • Based on tribal affiliation


Regions

Regions

  • Boarders are really arbitrary

  • Tribes do not fit into neat packages like the countries


Zaire

Zaire

  • Currently the Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Home of the Bakuba and Boshongo People

    • Depended on fishing, hunting, and crops

    • Bantu speaking peoples


Benin

Benin

  • Formerly known as Dahomey

  • Home to the Fon people

    • Skilled in battle

    • Enemies with the Yoruba

    • Gods control individual forces of nature

  • Also home to the Yoruba people

    • Also live in Nigeria

    • Identified with the city-state

    • Principle city = Ife


Ghana

Ghana

  • Home to the Fasa or Soninke people

  • Located on the coast

    • 2000 years old

    • Fasa = aristocrats who fight on horseback

    • Legendary city = Wagadu

    • Responsible for 1st African empire


African mythology

Segu

  • Currently a part of Mali

  • Home to the Bambara people

    • Highly regimented society socially

    • Magic = important

    • Strong ties to Muslim culture


Deities

Deities

  • Most regions have multiple gods that may be grouped together by family relationships.

  • Almost all cultures recognize a supreme god – all powerful creator usually associated with the sky

  • Wooden headrest at right represents twins – special significance: balance between opposing forces that exist in natural world


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Deities

  • Number varies from culture to culture

    • Buganda – largest pantheons of 20+ deities

    • Sun, moon, earth often seen as deities

    • Congo River area – forest is a deity

    • Other spirits – ancestors, rulers, heroes


Types of myths

Types of Myths

  • How things came to be - creation

  • Gods cross the seas

  • Twins

  • Tricksters

  • Animals


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