The Tribe of Dan also known as Yakuba

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  1. ilevi

    ilevi Active Member

    This is the children of Da/Dan/Dan-Gioh. They are also known as the Yakuba people or ethnic group. I believe that everyone knows of this tribes existence in Ivory Coast already and so, I won't say much on them. Although written accounts on them is quite suppressed.

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  2. Mawuli

    Mawuli TheGuide Staff Member

    Thank you! The tribe of Dan is in the Ivory Coast, yes. Just like their relatives in Dahomey aka the Republic of Benin, they also use the name ancestor's name DA to identify themselves. Nevertheless, they also use the name Yakubo to denote they are the descendants of Yaku (Jacob in English). YAKU is the name of the ancestor and BO or BE (pronounced BEN in Modern Hebrew) means "children of" in the Erverh language. Thus when you visit Ghana, in the capital city you will find the tribe of GA (Gad). They identify themselves as the GA "BE" MEI. The "BE," always means children of someone.

    From the Encyclopædia Britannica
    Dan, also called Gio or Yakuba, an ethnolinguistic grouping of people inhabiting the mountainous west-central Côte d’Ivoire and adjacent areas of Liberia. The Dan belong to the Southern branch of the Mande linguistic subgroup of the Niger-Congo language family. They originated somewhere to the west or northwest of their present lands, perhaps among the Malinke (Mandingo). The Dan are closely related to the Gere (also spelled Ngere, or Guere) to the south.


    Dan mask, wood, pigment, late 19th–early 20th century; in the Brooklyn Museum, New York.
    Photograph by Katie Chao. Brooklyn Museum, New York, gift of Evelyn K. Kossak, 80.244

    The roughly 1,500–4,000-foot- (450–1,200-metre-) high Dang (Dans) and Toura mountains are hot and humid and covered with lush vegetation. The area is isolated, and even the most general lines of history are unknown. The Dan and their neighbours are said to have a history of warfare, but it has been debated whether they actually fought the battles attributed to them or whether these are part of oral tradition and a cultural model. The isolation of the area probably served to accentuate myths of bellicose, “primitive” mountain people best avoided because they are seen as dangerous people. Christian proselytism proved difficult as well, as the Dan have preferred to maintain their own religious beliefs.

    The Dan traditionally divided themselves into alliance groups associated with clans but of only occasional centralized political organization (i.e., in time of war). Neighbourhoods in larger villages (created as the government seeks more efficient administration) or towns in Côte d’Ivoire like Man and Danané reflect these older affiliations. Kinship is bilateral, involving important bonds to fathers’ and mothers’ patrilineages. Most marriages are monogamous.

    Dan are known for the small dark hardwood masks they make. Dan masks also are made by other local groups and are used in important rituals. Large wooden “spoons,” representing first wives of important men, and murals painted on exterior house walls are other art forms.

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  3. ilevi

    ilevi Active Member

    Thanks for the insightful information as always, Brother! I'll keep in mind the aspects of "BE" and of course on our forefathers real name, YAKU. Funny thing is that there is a tribe of people in Nigeria today that has this word as their tribal name. I'll post it when I find more info on the them.
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