17 terms

Historical Africa Vocabulary

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caravan
a group of people who travel together, often through a desert or difficult terrain
Islam
a world religion whose members follow the prophet Mohammed. People who practice Islam are called Muslim. Many people in West Africa are Muslim.
mosque
a religious building where people who follow the religion of Islam pray.
merchant
a person who makes a living by buying and selling goods
Ghana, Mali, Songhay
Kingdoms of West Africa between the 9th and 16th centuries CE.
pilgrimage
a religious journey to a holy place
Great Zimbabwe
an ancient trading empire in southern Africa.
proverb
a brief, popular saying that gives advice about how people should live or that expresses a belief that is generally thought to be true: "Too many cooks spoil the broth."
griot
a West African historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet, and/or musician.
natural resources
resources that come from the earth (example: gold, salt, spices, silk, ivory)
silent barter
a system of trade in which traders remain silent, either because they have no language in common or because they both wish to keep secret and not discuss the origins or cost of their goods.
sub-Saharan
the area of the African continent that lies south of the Sahara Desert.
kingdom
a territory ruled by a king or queen
trans- Saharan trade route
a path people follow to exchange goods across the Sahara Desert
traditional African religion (indigenous religion)
religion that is oral, has a belief in a supreme being and a belief in spirits, respect of ancestors, use of magic, and traditional medicine. Harmony with nature is also key
mine
a place where people use tunnels and caves under the earth to "harvest" natural resources such as gold and salt.
shaman
a person who uses connections to spiritual beings to heal; also uses magic, herbs, and spiritual chants.

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