Medieval Africa

Culture and Religion

Culture

- A lot of there culture is based around there art, storytelling, dances,and music.


- People often lived in extended families.


- Many villages were matrilineal.


- They traced their descent through mother not father;when a women married however she joined her husbands family.


- The men had a lot more power over the women.


- Children learned the history of their people and skills needed as an adult.


- Kente is a colorful woven cloth they used.


- Cave paintings are the earliest form of African art.


- Wood carvers made masks and statues to celebrate African religious beliefs.





Religion

- People used music and dance to express their religious feelings to get through every day tasks, like planting a field.


-For centuries Europeans thought Africans did not have a belief.


- The majority of Africans are adherents of Christianity or Islam . African people often combine the practice of their traditional belief with the practice of Abrahamic religions.


-Most African groups shared the Igbo belief in one supreme god.


- Even though Africans practiced their religion differently in different places, their

beliefs served similar purposes.


- Islam had a far- reaching impact on northern and eastern Africa.


- Islam also advanced learning. Muslim schools drew students from many parts of Africa and introduced the Arabic language to many Africans.