Gao-Songhai mythology

Gao-Songhai mythology

The Mythology Gao-Songhaï regroupe les mythes et légendes du Kingdom of Gao andSonghai Empire

The Songhai are a people of the valley of the Niger river living mainly from working the land and from handicrafts. They constitute a large ethnic group in Mali, Niger and northern Benin.

According to the sources, there are multiple variations in the spelling: Songai, Songay, Songhaïs, Songhay, Songhays, Songhoi, Songhoy, Songhrai, Songhray, Songoi, Sonhrai, Sonhray, Sonrai, Sonray, Sonrhai, Sonrhay.

The Songhai are an ancient people of West Africa. The Songhai Empire experienced significant influence at the end of the xve and at the beginning of the xvie century.

The Songhai Empire was initially a small kingdom stretched along the Niger River. At viie century, it is the kingdom of Gao, becoming thereafter vassal of the empires of Ghana and Mali. It becomes an empire during the xve century. At its peak, the Songhai Empire spanned part of present-day Niger, Mali and part of Nigeria.

Gao-Songhai mythology