Mali Essay Topics

Who are the GRIOTS and what was their role in the History of ancient Mali?

The word “griot” now means just “singer” or “music seller”, however, historically this word meant a person recoding history, laws and customs. Griots were a kind of public servants, “culture keepers” who passed historical experience from generation to generation being “repositories which harbour secrets many centuries old”. Very roughly the griots can be compared to… View Article

Ibn Battuta and Mali

Mali tradition was replete with ceremonies that highlighted gracious gift-giving, special deference to their leaders and constant praise of God that were essential and significant parts of their politics and culture. Upon arrival in Mali, Ibn Battuta was met by his host along with “prominent residents” which included the qadi and a court interpreter, Dugha…. View Article