served as the basic building blocks of African society;
All members of this could claim to be descended from a real or legendary common ancestor;
extended family units were in turn combined into larger communities known as these.
societies in which descent is traced through the mother;
African societies were based on this
societies in which descent is traced through the father.
communicated with the gods through ritual;
people who believe they have the power to foretell events, usually by working with supernatural forces;
employed by the king to contact the supreme god.
special class of storytellers;
historians who kept alive a people's history;
much has come down to us from the oral traditions of these.
lived in Nigeria;
believed that their chief god sent his son Oduduwa down from Heaven in a canoe to create the first humans;
These people's religion was practiced by many of the slaves transported to the Americas
lived in Ghana;
believed in a supreme being called Nyame