Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964623 | Print ISBN: 9781412936361 | Online ISBN: 9781412964623| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Molefi Kete Asante
The Kurumba live on the borders of Burkina Faso and Mali. Although many of them have now become Muslims, they have a long and fertile history of African religious and cultural practices that derive from their experiences before their immigration from the region occupied by the Dogon. Indeed, like the Dogon and the Bamana, who are neighbors to the Kurumba, who prefer to be called Nioniosi, the people are organized according to clans and have strong ancestral ties to their traditions. In fact, the Nioniosi have several clans that are keys to understanding their traditions. Among these are the Sawadougou, the Zale, the Oueremi, and the Tao. Each one of these clans represents a lineage that is connected ...