Senufo (people)

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Dissemination of the Senufo languages
A Senufo woman with incised stamps from around 1966

The Senufo are an ethnic group of around three million people living in northern Ivory Coast , southern Mali and western Burkina Faso .

They speak about 20 different Senufo languages belonging to the Niger-Congo languages .

The Senufo migrated from the area of ​​today's Mali to their current settlement area in the 15th and 16th centuries .

They founded u. a. the Kgr. Kenedugu .

The people are known for the production of wooden masks as well as figures and tools of the Poro secret society . Masks, human figures and jewelry are made from bronze . The Poro still partly determines the religious and social life of the Senufo.

Web links

Commons : Senufo  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Wolf Stadler among others: Lexicon of Art 11th Sem - Tot. Karl Müller Verlag, Erlangen 1994, ISBN 3-86070-452-4 , p. 9.