Mansa Musa's Hajj

Mansa Musa's Hajj
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  • Hi! I am a griot. I accompanied Mansa Musa on his famous hajj. On the hajjI traveled with many other people across the Sahara Desert. 
  • On the hajj, we stopped in Egypt, my job is to record and study what happens so I spent lots of my time recording and writing down memories in my book.
  • On our way to Mecca we stopped in many cities. Since my job was to entertain, I would often tell stories, poems or do dances for audiences in the cities we visited.
  • On our pilgrimage, Mansa Musa gave out lots of gold to the people in towns we passed through. This was very generous and memorable.
  • One other thing Mansa Musa did was on every holy Friday on the pilgrimage, he would order a mosque built wherever he was. This was also a very notable thing he did on his Hajj.
  • I am just so glad I got to experience and perform the many extraordinary  things Mansa Musa accomplished and encountered on his journey. I got to learn many new things on the hajj but the best part of my job as a griot was getting to spread our culture to other places through performing stories, poems and dances.
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