Categories: Ethnicities

“Mande” is an overarching geographical, linguistic family that is comprised of a number of different ethnic groups, spread throughout various environments, from coastal rainforests to the Sahel and Sahara. They created some of the earliest and most complex civilizations of western Africa, including the Soninke empire of Ghana and the Mali empire. The Mande are comprised of a number of different ethnic groups including—but not limited to—core geographical groups, such as the Bambara, Mandinka, and Dyula; the nearby Somono, Bozo, and Wasulunka; the savanna groups Kagoro, Khasonke, Marka, and Soninke; and the forest-dwelling Kuranko, Kono, Vai, Susu, and Yalunka.

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