Mandinka Culture Essay

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Introduction The Mandinka are West African people that live by both the Islamic teaching and traditional practices. The Mandinka are a patrilineal group, and the oldest male is the head of the lineage. The Mandinka rely heavily on agriculture and trade with local villages and with Arabs. The majority of the Mandinka people practice a mix of Islam and traditional belief. Sundiata translated by D.T Niane is an epic about a legendary emperor who grew up from a crippled kid to powerful ruler who defeats evil and brings Mali into its golden age. In Mandinka culture, religion is used to make important decisions, including politics. Overview of the Mandinka People Location The Mandinka people were originally from Mali, but they migrated west…show more content…
This quote highlights the interdependence of politics and religion, as power is divided between “political credentials” which are qualifications that the king has and “ritual commission” which are qualifications marabouts have, in order to for a village to function both have to work together, therefore stressing on the fact that any important decisions or political decision the king has to make, has to be approved by the marabout. The reign of Mandinka kings have always been tied to religion, because rituals and other practices help in the assumption of power. In Mandinka cosmology, power is perceived not as a process, but as an entity to be stockpiled until enough is gained to enable the processor to exercise social and political control over others. The stockpiling process is accomplished religiously, among other ways, through occult practices, such as conjuring and the preparation and wearing of amulets and talismans. (“Mandinka”) This selection depicts power as objects that are gained and amassed in order to attain a certain power level that allows to rule over people, but the process of “stockpiling” can only happen through religious practices such as “conjuring”. Ultimately, this highlights the dependence of politics to religion. Overview of

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