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Bambara also known as “Bamana” Pitek, Emily
The Bambara are a group of people living along both banks of the Niger River in West Africa. They live in independent villages, each composed of several families led by a chief and council of elders. The chief's powers and duties are both secular and religious. The Bambara religion is a hybrid of traditional beliefs and practices (ancestor worship and paganism), with Islamic influence. In the case of the Bambara, the religious group is coterminous with the society itself. This entry focuses on the Bambara living along the Niger River from Segou to Bamako around the time of 1902.
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