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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 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
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  • 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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