Ancient Mali is ruled by a powerful king. The kings wore gold and silk thread clothing. Sundiate Keita which means hungering lion. He was known also the Lion King. He built a strong military to protect routes, and he also united many people. He died after ruling for 25years. Mansa Musa which means moses. He was also known as Black Moses. He too ruled for 25 years and doubled the size of Mali. During the 18th century Mali was mostly ruled by Muslim emperors and slowly turned into Islam being the dominant religion. Some communities prayed to the spirit of the land in order to increase the growth of crops. Mali’s religion plays a very important role in culture of the country. Now Islam is the dominant religion in Mali, 95% is Muslim. The rest follows Christianity and other religions. Mali’s women have sometimes been the center of matrialinal societies, but have always been crucial to the economic and social structure of the largely rural, agricultural society, their role has been shaped by the conflict over religion, as animist societies gave away to slowly move to a Islam religion in the 1100-1900. Mali has a lot of diverse people. These ethnic groups live in perfect harmony thanks to their common heritage. The Groits are storytellers part of a oral tradition and is very high in Mali. From north to south you will hear a variety of sounds and melodies. When Ghana collapsed Mali took over, and in time they grew to be bigger than Ghana.