Mali's Impact On West African Culture

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Mali The 1200s in West Africa, the Ghana Empire was falling at the battle of Kirina, soon after, Sundiata, the founder of Mali, defeated Mali. Mali came to be in the place of the Ancient Ghana. This society had a social hierarchy with the king was in the highest class and they decreased until the slaves as the lowest class. The people believed many things like, priests and Diviners could communicate with spirits and gods. They also practiced ancestor worship, they thought that their ancestors could impact their way of life, so they worshiped them for good luck. When Mali took over Ghana’s gold mines and salt, they used them to trade. These items were highly valued. While slaves mined the mines, Sundiata sent out armies to take control of neighboring countries.The king held the maximum power and respect in the kingdom. Throughout the existence of the kingdom of Mali, cultural diffusion impacted them a lot. …show more content…
Mansa Musa, a powerful king of Mali Mali, travelled to Mecca in the Arabian Peninsula. Mecca was the birthplace of Islam. He was very determined to bring Islam to Mali. He spent months surrounded by Muslim scholars, studying, and learning from the Qu’ran. On his journey back to Mali, he brought many Islamic scholars to teach his people about the religion. Mansa also adopted Muslim styles of government and opened Muslim courts of law. The style of new houses being built were also styled to match the religion of

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