noun Mandinka, Mandinkas. 1A member of a West African people living mainly in Senegal, Gambia, and Sierra Leone. ‘The first son to Omoro and Binta, Kunta Kinte, a Mandinka, is born around 1750 in Juffure along the Gambia River. ‘ More example sentences.
The Mandinka people originally come from West Africa, which means their ancestors were part of the Mali Empire. Later, the Mandinka had their own empire to the west of the Niger River, the perfect spot for farming at that time.
Malinke, also called Maninka, Mandinka, Mandingo, or Manding, a West African people occupying parts of Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, Senegal, The Gambia, and Guinea-Bissau. They speak a Mandekan language of the Mande branch of the Niger-Congo family. Malinke.
Omoro names Kunta in a ceremony shortly after he is born. It is significant because they consider the name the spirit, and shield. Their culture is part of who they are. Why do you think warrior training was so important in Mandinka culture?
|GREETINGS & PARTING PHRASES|
|Good evening||Naka ngon si||Ewulara|
|Good night||Fanan Jamma||Suto Yediya|
|How are you?||Naka nga deff||Kori tanante|
Religion. Today, over 99% of Mandinka are Muslim. Mandinkas recite chapters of the Qur’an in Arabic. Some Mandinka syncretise Islam and traditional African religions.
Yoruba, Nigeria With an estimated 35 million people in total, Yoruba is undeniably the largest ethnic group in Africa.
The Mandinka language (Mandi’nka kango) or Mandingo, is a Mande language spoken by the Mandinka people of Guinea, northern Guinea-Bissau, the Casamance region of Senegal, and in The Gambia where it is one of the principal languages.
Kunta Kinte, “the African,” member of the highly respected Kinte clan of the Mandinka people of Gambia. A warrior who is educated, clever, skilled, strong, resilient and proud, he is a young man of immense courage and spiritual fortitude – all traits that empower him when he is captured by slavers.
We see the traditional spiritual beliefs of Kunta Kinte’s tribe, the Mandinka. We see Kunta’s own devout Islam, which is his guiding light through the most traumatic experiences of his life. And we see Bell’s passionate Christianity, which is something she passes down through Kizzy to the rest of the family.
After being kidnapped and captured by the Koros, Kunta is sold to British slave traders in 1767 and is shipped through the brutal Middle Passage to America on the Lord Ligonier along with 140 other slaves. Conditions are horrific on the slave ship and Kunta fears he will never see his family again.
The Mali Empire collapsed in the 1460s CE following civil wars, the opening up of trade routes elsewhere, and the rise of the neighbouring Songhai Empire, but it did continue to control a small part of the western empire into the 17th century CE.