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      ovidiu oana
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      Who Are the Fulani People?

      The history of the Fulani seems to begin with the Berber people of North Africa around the 8th or 11th century AD. As the Berbers migrated down from North Africa and mixed with the peoples in the Senegal region of West Africa the Fulani people came into existence. Over a thousand year period from AD 900 – 1900, they spread out over most of West Africa and even into some areas of Central Africa. Some groups of Fulani have been found as far as the western borders of Ethiopia. As they migrated eastward they came into contact with different African tribes. As they encountered these other peoples, they conquered the less powerful tribes. Along the way many Fulani completely or partially abandoned their traditional nomadic life in favor of a sedentary existence in towns or on farms among the conquered peoples. The nomadic Fulani continued eastward in search of the best grazing land for their cattle. Their lives revolved around and were dedicated to their herds. The more cattle a man owned, the more respect he was given. Today, some estimate as many as 18 million Fulani people stretch across the countries of West Africa. They remain to be the largest group of nomadic people in the world.
      See their history at http://www.byhisgrace.cc/fulani/profile.htm

      Bells are used by all Fulani populations as part of their dances or rituals.
      Spirals or paterns, globular shaped, the bells seems like others in region as I was put together in my collection:
      http://bells.zuavra.net/picture_view.php?picture=424
      And also seems like bells used by Senufo polulation as decoration:
      http://bells.zuavra.net/picture_view.php?picture=417

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