Hello, I love your blog and especially love the cross-cultural scope of your posts. I wanted to ask you if you knew anything about weapons and armor—especially swords—from Ivory Coast. I used to live there as a little kid, in the center of the country near Bouake, and wanted to know more about my second home. Thanks, and cheers!

armthearmour:

I’m not all that personally familiar with the arms of Western Africa, so I asked some of my friends over at the Historical African Martial Arts Association (HAMAA) what they knew.

I was told that swords popular among people in neighboring countries are what would have been used in the Ivory Coast, namely Akrafena swords popular among the Ashanti,

and a variety of swords used by the Mandinka people from Mali (of which the Ivory Coast has a significant population.)

If you are interested in learning more, I suggest you head over to the HAMAA Facebook page I linked above.

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