Thursday, March 31, 2011
An Historical Reflection of the Bambara People of Mali
By: Charles & Mia Harris
In our previous article; Declaring: Our "Unreached People Group," we introduced our "frontier people group" (a term we prefer using in our research) as the "Bambara Tribe" of Mali, West Africa. In this writing, we will answer three main questions: (1) Are they indigenous to this area? (2) Did they migrate from another location? (3) Did any significant events (war, fame, natural disaster) play a part in their history?
As we reflect back on the historical facts of this great tribal nation, we have discovered the Bambara are a large "Mande" group located mostly in the country of Mali (officially known as Republic of Mali)" and they are an indigenous tribe which mean they are the "original inhabitants of a this area. Mali is a landlocked nation of West Africa, with a population of over 14.5 million people, which consists of diverse Sub-Saharan ethnic groups, sharing similar historic, cultural, and religious traditions.
However, the Bambara people are known to be the largest and most central indigenous group in that area of West Africa. They speak "Bamana", which is one of the Manding languages. Bamana is widely spoken in Mali, especially in the areas of business and trade. It is connected to the Bantu language, which includes Swahili and Zulu. "They are known for their elaborate cosmology and metaphysics, their indigenous writing, and religious sculptures. They founded two important states, at Segu and at Kaarta." "With the exception of the Mossi states to its south, the Mali Empire faced very few external threats throughout its existence. Even after its glory days had passed, the mansas were generally concerned with holding onto subject peoples rather than outright invasions. That all changed during the reign of Mansa Uli II in the mid-15th century. For the next 150 years, the Mali Empire would be locked in a life or death struggle for its very existence amid a barrage of enemies on all sides."
Posted by Charles and Mia Harris at 8:44 PM