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One of the main values of Mandingo culture is that of the family and its central role in their lives. Most of the people live in compounds or small villages dominated by a single family or a familial structure and they are relatively autonomous by village or compound allowing for each group to rule themselves.
They admire hard work and the difficult work in the fields (mainly raising rice) is considered to be an honorable profession, something that is celebrated in their culture.
Much of Mandingo culture was also passed down orally, they valued very highly tales and proverbs that were often used as teaching tools.
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