History Terms Ch. 5

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Family

most important element of traditional African culture

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Clan

everyone who could trace his ancestry to a common ancestor

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Tribe

two or more clans living together; they shared a common language, beliefs, and customs.

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Griots

'storytellers' memorized the long ancestry of their people

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Oral Histories

when a child came to the age of initiation, he heard his family's whole history orally

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Aminism

the belief that spirits lived in trees,rocks,rivers, or mountains or just lived in the air. Sometimes in humans

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Witch Doctors

the religious leaders who used magic and superstition in dealing with he people.

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Demonism

demon worship

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Music

accompanied work, religious ceremonies, community events, and recreation

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Talking Drums

members of each tribe used these to communicate rapidly between villages spread miles apart

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Masks

worn by witch doctors and dancers in religious ceremonies; made by African craftsman

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Benin

a place in Africa

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Oba

King

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Bronze Plaques

items that commemorated the lives of the people

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Lalibela

an isolated village

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Church of the Redeemer of the World

the largest of the churches

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Church of St. George

a church that was built inside a hill

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Fallow

dormant

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Nomad

people who change locations to survive

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Ghana, Mail,& Songhai

the largest and most important empires of the Western African Kingdom region

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Timbuktu

located in the Western Africa near the Niger River at the southern edge of the great Sahara

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Mansa Musa

a great Mali ruler

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Swahili

a mixture of Arabic, Persian, Portuguese, Indian(Hindi),& Bantu (a native African language)