[Answer] Which of the following professions is the best equivalent of a West African griot?

Answer: a historian
Which of the following professions is the best equivalent of a West African griot?

A griot is a West African historian storyteller praise singer poet or musician. The griot is a repository of oral tradition and is often seen as a leader due to their position as an advisor to royal personages. As a result of the former of these two functions they are sometimes called a bard.

Griots today live in many parts of West Africa and are present among the Mande peoples ( Mandinka or Malinké Bambara etc.) Fulɓe ( Fula ) Hausa Songhai Tukulóor Wolof Serer Mossi Dagomba Mauritanian Arabs and many other smaller groups. The word may derive from the French transliteration “guiriot” of the Portuguese word “criado” or the masculine singular term for “servant.” Gr…

Griots today live in many parts of West Africa and are present among the Mande peoples ( Mandinka or Malinké Bambara etc.) Fulɓe ( Fula ) Hausa Songhai Tukulóor Wolof Serer Mossi Dagomba Mauritanian Arabs and many other smaller groups. The word may derive from the French transliteration “guiriot” of the Portuguese word “criado” or the masculine singular term for “servant.” Griots are more predominant in the northern portions of West Africa. In African languages griots are referred to by a number of names: jeli in northern Mande areas jali in southern Mande areas guewel in Wolof gawlo in Pulaar (Fula) iggawen in Hassaniyan arokin in Yoruba and diari or gesere in Soninke . Griots form an endogamous caste meaning that most of them only marry fellow griots and those who are not griots do not typically perform the same functions that griots perform. Francis Bebey writes about the griot in African Music A People’s Art: “The West African griot is a troubadour the counterpart of the medieval European minstrel… The griot knows everything that is going on… He is a living archive of the people’s traditions… The virtuoso talents of the griots command universal admiration. This virtuosity is the culmination of long years of study and hard work under the tuition of a teacher who is often a father or uncle. The profession is by …

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