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
Ngewo is the supreme God among the Mende people. The latter, who number about 1 million, are found in West Africa, more precisely in the southern and eastern parts of the country known today as Sierra Leone. However, a small Mende community is also found in the western part of neighboring Liberia. The Mende oral tradition, as well as linguistic evidence, indicates that the Mende migrated from the western Sudan, probably in several waves, between AD 200 and 1500. Their language is also called Mende (sometimes spelled Mande) . Ngewo, also known during more ancient times under the name of Leve (literally Although ...