The Maninka value honesty, logical thinking, and the ability to speak in public; however, they are very suspicious and men avoid close personal relationships.
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This second largest people group in Guinea make their living as farmers, miners, and merchants. Patriarchal and polygamist, their society is known for its ingenuity and leadership. The Maninka value honesty, logical thinking, and the ability to speak in public; however, they are very suspicious and men avoid close personal relationships. Maninka Islam approves of divination, healing, and certain magical procedures. Fear plays a large part in their spiritual lives.
The Maninka trace their roots back to the vast, wealthy Mali Empire of West Africa, which rose to power in the 1200s. Today, also known as the Malinké or Mandingo, they are the same people group numbering over four million and found in at least six countries of West Africa. They are a “gateway people” to more than 10 million Mandé speaking peoples of West Africa. These staunchly Muslim traders, skilled workers, and farmers pride themselves on spreading Islam throughout their trade routes, from the heart of West Africa to the Atlantic coast