Lobi

Categories: Ethnicities

The umbrella name “Lobi” that refers to several closely-related Burkinabe ethnic groups, such as the Lobi proper, Birifor, Dagara, Dorossy, Dyan, Gan and Tenbo, is derived from two Lobiri words: lou (forest) and bi (children). These “children of the forest” settled initially on the left bank of the Mouhoun River between Burkina Faso and Ghana, creating a physical barrier from slave raiders and symbolizing, for the Lobi, the mystical divide between earthly and spiritual realms.

Synonyms:
Lober, Lobiri, Miwa
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