11 Facts About Baga people


Baga people are a West African ethnic group who live in the southern swampy lands of Guinea Atlantic coastline.

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Typically rural and known for their agricultural successes, particularly with rice farming, the Baga people speak a language of the Atlantic branch of the Niger-Congo family.

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Baga people include a number of tribes that share cultural characteristics.

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Name Baga is derived from the Susu phrase bae raka, “people of the seaside.

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The Baga people language has many dialects, and some of these have become extinct.

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Today when talking about Baga people always refers to those who are “mangrove rice farmers and they live on the mangrove coast of today's Republic of Guinea”.

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The Baga people, principally involved in the cultivation of rice and kola nut, and the production of salt, were a source of supplies to these traders.

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Only after the death of Sekou Toure in 1984 did Baga people culture began to reemerge as an affirmation of tribal identity.

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Baga people historically had earlier refused to convert to Islam and retained their animist beliefs.

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Baga people are known for their rich history in arts, particularly with wood and metal.

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The Baga people traditionally made another mask called Bansonyi, consisting of a painted pole, which was colorfully decorated, ending in a calico flag and a triangular icon.

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