The Development of Caste Systems in West Africa

@article{Tamari1991TheDO,
  title={The Development of Caste Systems in West Africa},
  author={Tal Tamari},
  journal={The Journal of African History},
  year={1991},
  volume={32},
  pages={221 - 250}
}
  • T. Tamari
  • Published 1 July 1991
  • History
  • The Journal of African History
Endogamous artisan and musician groups are characteristic of over fifteen West African peoples, including the Manding, Soninke, Wolof, Serer, Fulani, Tukulor, Songhay, Dogon, Senufo, Minianka, Moors, and Tuareg. Castes appeared among the Malinke no later than 1300, and were present among the Wolof and Soninke, as well as some Songhay and Fulani populations, no later than 1500. All the West African castes ultimately developed from at most three centers, located among the Manding, Soninke, and/or… 
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