August 1, 2017 skgfnew

Albinism in the 13th Century Mali Empire

Photo: Siphiwe Sibeko

Did you wonder how albinos were treated during the time of Sundiata Keita, founder of the Mali empire? In the 13th century, it is believed that albinos were very much apart of society and the males were often made guards of the kingdom, believing they would instantly ward of ennemies by their ‘ghost-like’ appearances.