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Kpese, Gerse, Pessy (self-designation, Kpelle-ga), a people inhabiting the Nzérékoré region in Guinea and the central part of Liberia (the St. Paul and St. John interfluvial area). They number more than 150,000 in Guinea and more than 400,000 in Liberia (1967, estimate).

The Kpelle language belongs to the southern group of the Mande language family. The ethnogenesis of the Kpelle has not been established. Until recently, their social system (especially in Liberia) preserved vestiges of matriarchal law and secret societies. The religion of the Kpelle consists of ancestor worship and worship of the forces of nature. The chief occupations are tropical farming and gathering the fruits of the oil palm.


Narody Afriki. Moscow, 1954.
Westermann, D. Die Kpelle, ein Negerstamm in Liberia. Göttingen-Leipzig, 1921.
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The 58th commencement convocation celebrates the 'KORLOFALEEKE' Class of 2019 undergraduate (a Kpelle language meaning, 'Education Never Lies'), while the 11th commencement convocation of the 'LUX ET VERI TAS' Class of 2019 Junior College (a Latin Phrase meaning, ('Light and Truth') and the 13th commencement convocation of the 'KWADO' Class of 2019 Graduate School (a Mano language meaning 'We Are One').
Moreover, the selection of a husband (in contrast to a sexual partner in benanga relationships) seems to be more pragmatic than emotional (see also Bledsoe 1976: 378 for the case of the Kpelle).
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David Kpelle, Technical Adviser Forestry Commission, said as part of the eco-tourism plans, there would be the construction of water bungalows and an eco-medical village as a tourist attraction.
In the article I narrated a story about a Kpelle Paramount Chief called Zamgba.
Among the topics are starting an online concordane for indigenous African scripts: a case of Vai, language contact between Mande and Atlantic in Guinea, vowel length in the Kakabe language, Northern Samo dialectology and language contact, and tonal systems in three dialects of the Kpelle language.
"My father had three wives, two of them were Kpelle and one was Congo.
Languages included Arabic, Bassa, Belle, English, Fanti, French, Fula, Gio, Gola, Konobo, Kpelle, Kru, Maninka, Mende, Putu, Sabo, Tchien, Twarbo, Twi, and Vai ("List of Languages Heard over ELWA During 1955," Beginnings [1956-69] folder, Box 14, Broadcast Division, LC-SIM).
Ethnic groups: indigenous African 95% (including Kpelle, Bassa, Gio, Kru, Grebo, Mano, Krahn, Gola, Gbandi, Loma, Kissi, Vai, Dei, Bella, Mandingo, and Mende), Americo-Liberians 2.5% (descendants of immigrants from the United States who had been slaves), and Congo People 2.5% (descendants of immigrants from the Caribbean who had been slaves).