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
 Guinea2,042,287
 Sierra Leone320,000
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 and Northwestern Sierra Leone, particularly in Kambia District.[1] Influential in Guinea, smaller communities of Susu people are also found in the neighboring Guinea-Bissau, Senegal and Mali.

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

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
العربية: شعب سوسو
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
português: Sossos
русский: Сусу
suomi: Susut
svenska: Susu
українська: Сусу