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griˈoʊ, ˈgri oʊ, ˈgri ɒtgri·ot

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. griot(noun)

    a storyteller in West Africa; perpetuates the oral traditions of a family or village

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  1. griot(Noun)

    West African storyteller who passes on oral traditions, a wandering musician and poet.

  2. Origin: From griot.

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  1. Griot

    A griot, jali or jeli is a West African historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet and/or musician. The griot is a repository of oral tradition, and is also often seen as something of a societal leader due to his traditional position as an adviser to royal personages. As a result of the former of these two functions, he is sometimes also called a bard. According to Paul Oliver in his book Savannah Syncopators, "Though [the griot] has to know many traditional songs without error, he must also have the ability to extemporize on current events, chance incidents and the passing scene. His wit can be devastating and his knowledge of local history formidable". Although they are popularly known as "praise singers", griots may also use their vocal expertise for gossip, satire, or political comment. Griots today live in many parts of West Africa, and are present among the Mande peoples, Fulɓe, 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 masculine singular term for "servant". These story-tellers are more predominant in the northern portions of West Africa.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of griot in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of griot in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of griot in a Sentence

  1. Angela Kinamore:

    “A MASTER GRIOT: Aberjhani is truly a most gifted wordsmith and master griot. I MADE MY BOY OUT OF POETRY is a marvelous collection of stories and poetry sure to lift your spirits and touch those special places within your soul... a must read.”

  2. RICARDO(RAS CARDO)SCOTT B.A., M.S.R, J.D.:

    ***(C)(P) STORY TELLING IN JAMAICA HAS BECOME A LOST ART IN THE PRESERVATION OF OUR CULTURAL HISTORY, AND HERITAGE. MY REGGAE MUSIC IS JUST ONE WAY OF MAKING SURE THAT THIS GRIOT OF HISTORICAL EVIDENCE NEVER GOES INTO OBSOLESCENCE. WE MUST NEVER FORGET WHO WE WERE AND WHEN. I AM RAS CARDO FROM TRENCH TOWN.

  3. Sotigui Kouyaté:

    Let’s be modest. Africa is vast, and it would be pretentious to speak in its name. I’m fighting the battle with words because I’m a storyteller, a griot. Rightly or wrongly, they call us masters of the spoken word. Our duty is to encourage the West to appreciate Africa more. It’s also true that many Africans don’t really know their own continent. And if you forget your culture, you lose sight of yourself. It is said that “the day you no longer know where you’re going, just remember where you came from.” Our strength lies in our culture. Everything I do as a storyteller, a griot, stems from this rooting and openness.

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