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Bambara
Also called: Bamana; Banmana


People especially of Mali, but also in Guinea, Burkina Faso, Niger, Senegal and Mauritania counting 2.7 million (2005 estimate). They are of the larger Mande people group, representing the largest among these. In Mauritania they count about 100,000 (2009 estimate).
The Bambara speak a language called Mande-kan, but it also referred to as Bambara.
The Bambara of Mauritania live from the deep southeastern corner half the way to the coast.
A large part of the Bambara are Muslims, but traditional beliefs and customs are still of great importance, like the honouring of ancestors.
Their economy is largely based upon agriculture.
As with other Blacks, they organize their society into 3 classes, slavery remains a part of their culture.
The Bambara practice polygamy.




By Tore Kjeilen