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I added "External links" and "See also" headings. Also a reference to "bard" which one will see in the literature as a rough English equivalent of jeli or griot. This may be a little problematic given the very specific take on Bard in the Wikipedia article (focusing on the Celtic usage).--A12n 23:50, 3 December 2006 (UTC)

I wanted to link the Toumani Diabate link on the Griot page to his Wiki page, which does exist (see under Kora (instrument) page). But I couldn't figure out how to set the internal link.—Preceding unsigned comment added by 208.58.64.25 (talkcontribs) 15:39, 1 April 2007

Are griots always male? --jh 24.8.142.67 (talk) 13:22, 29 November 2007 (UTC)


This page needs to be cleaned up. The "Edit" links are all messed up, and the Alex Haley section is awkwardly written. I added "thought" in the phrase, "he [thought] there should be griots telling his story..." but the whole section should be rewritten by someone more familiar with the book. In response to JH's question, the article says that griots are an endogamous caste that only marry other griots. This implies that griots are of both genders, but if that is not the case this should be revised for clarity. -JC —Preceding unsigned comment added by 72.94.117.158 (talk) 21:17, 26 February 2008 (UTC)

My husband is a Wolof Griot, you are born it - it is not something learnt. And it's not for males only. Also for my husbands tribe at least they are the lowest, and they do not reject marriage to carry on griot tradition rather they are rejected for being Griot. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 2.98.228.218 (talk) 21:01, 2 February 2011 (UTC)

IgaouenEdit

Igaouen (as mentioned in Mariem Hassan) redirects to this article, but there is no mention of it in the text. -- Gyrofrog (talk) 00:24, 27 February 2011 (UTC)

EtymologyEdit

The article says "The word may derive from the French transliteration "guiriot" of the Portuguese word "criado", or masculine singular term for "servant.", and a reference is asked for. Does anybody have a reference for this, or are there any more details on it?

The reason I ask is I just came from reading an account of a Portuguese traveller who spent much time in 16th C. Senegambia, and he describes what are clearly Griots. He puzzles a lot over them, provides a lot of interesting details, esp. on their lifestyle, social taboos & military functions at the time (which is not commonly found in the secondary literature). More interesting is their name. He usually gives local names for the various offices and functions of people he comes across, but for what are unmistakeably Griots he calls them simply "Jews" (Judeus). I am not sure why he does so, and he does not clarify - I don't think he is claiming they actually are Jews, he may be referring merely to their social position in Senegambian society (akin to Jews in Europe), or he may have heard their original name in Wolof/Serer/Mandinka, that it sounded to him something like "Judeu" and he went with that. If anyone has an article or reference on the etymological source of "Griot"/"Jali", it would be much appreciated. Walrasiad (talk) 09:02, 10 September 2012 (UTC)

Becoming a GriotEdit

Becoming a griot is education or being born into a family. (OF Griots)--65.60.195.122 (talk) 01:54, 3 March 2014 (UTC)

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