Sundiata an Epic of Old Mali

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-08-07
  • Publisher: Pearson

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This is a revision of Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali, a best seller for 30 years. Retold by griots, the guardians of African Culture, this oral tradition has been handed down from the thirteenth century and captures all the mystery and majesty of medieval African kingship. It is the epic tale, based on an actual figure, of Sundiata (Sunjata). Part history and part legend, it tells how Sundiata fulfilled the prophesies that he would unite the twelve kingdoms of Mali into a powerful empire.This Revised Edition includes background information which provides a geographical, religious, social, and political context for the story. A Ďwho's who of characters' and Ďa glossary of places' will enhance the reader's experience.

Author Biography

Born in Guinea, author and playwright Djibril Tamsir Niane is a descendant of griots – African oral historians/storytellers.  He translated Sundiata, as told by the griot Djeli Mamadou Kouyate, into French under the title Soundjata ou Epoque Mandiginue in 1960.  It was later translated into English by G. D. Pickett in 1965.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Revised Edition
Background Information
Politics Oral Tradition, Pronunciation and Spelling Who's Who of Characters/Glossary of Places Preface
The Story of Sundiata
The Words of the Griot Mamadou KouyatÁ
The First Kings of Mali
The Buffalo Woman
The Lion Child
The Lionís Awakening
Soumaoro KantÁ: The Sorcerer King
The Baobab Leaves
The Return
The Names of the Heroes
Nana Triban and Balla FassÁkÁ
The Empire
Kouroukan Fougan or The Division of the World
Eternal Mali Authorís
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