Susu people

Susu (Soso, Soussou)
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Susu people with musical instruments in 1935
Total population
(2.2 million)
Regions with significant populations
Languages
Susu
Religion
99% Islam
Related ethnic groups
Yalunka people

The Susu people, also called Soso or Soussou, are a West African ethnic group, one of the Mandé peoples living primarily in Guinea. [1] Influential in Guinea, smaller communities of Susu people are also found in the neighboring Sierra Leone and Guinea-Bissau.

The Susu are a patrilineal society, predominantly Muslim, who favor endogamous cross-cousin marriages with polygynous households common. [1] They have a caste system like all Manding-speaking peoples of West Africa, where the artisans such as smiths, carpenters, musicians, jewelers and leatherworkers are separate castes, and believed to have descended from the medieval era slavery. [1] [2]

Demographics and language

Main article: Susu language

Their language, called Sosoxui by native speakers, serves as a major trade language along the Guinean coast, particularly in its southwest, including the capital city of Conakry. It belongs to the Niger-Congo family of languages. [3]

In old Susu language, "Guinea" means woman and this is the derivation for the country's name. [4]

Other Languages
Deutsch: Susu
español: Sosso
Esperanto: Susuoj
français: Soussou (peuple)
Հայերեն: Սուսու
Bahasa Indonesia: Sosso
italiano: Sosso
ქართული: სუსუ
кырык мары: Сусувлӓ
lietuvių: Susu
polski: Susu
русский: Сусу
suomi: Susut
svenska: Susu
українська: Сусу