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Sunjata : A West African Epic of the Mande Peoples,9780872206977

Sunjata : A West African Epic of the Mande Peoples

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9780872206977

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0872206971
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Pub. Date:
8/30/2004
Publisher(s):
Hackett Pub Co Inc
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Summary

A pillar of the West African oral tradition for centuries, this epic traces the adventures and achievements of the Mande hero, Sunjata, as he liberates his people from Sumaworo Kanté, the sorcerer king of Soso, and establishes the great medieval empire of Mali. David Conrad conveys the strong narrative thrust of the Sunjata epic in his presentation of substantial excerpts from his translation of a performance by Djanka Tassey Condé. Readers approaching the epic for the first time will appreciate the translation's highly readable, poetic English as well as Conrad's informative Introduction and notes. Scholars will find the familiar heroes and heroines taking on new dimensions, secondary characters gaining increased prominence, and previously unknown figures emerging from obscurity.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction xiv
Notes on Nomenclature and Transcription xxxii
Note on the Map of the Mande Heartland (Map A) xxxvii
Map A: The Mande Heartland and Related Jamanaw
xl
Map B: West Africa and Area of Detail According to Oral Tradition
xlii
Narrative Contents by Line Numbers xliii
Blessings, Introductions, and Prophets of Islam
1(3)
Seven Kings of Manden
4(5)
The Search for a Special Wife
9(12)
Two Hunters Arrive in Manden
21(9)
Do Kamissa the Buffalo Woman
30(9)
Do Kamissa's Revelations
39(7)
Death of the Buffalo
46(6)
Sogolon Wulen Conde of Do ni Kiri
52(7)
A New Sorceress Wife for the Mansa of Konfara
59(15)
The Childhood of Ma' an Sunjata
74(4)
Step-Brother Rivalry and Nine Sorceresses of Manden
78(4)
Mistaken Murder and the Question of Exile
82(7)
Departure for Exile
89(2)
A Visit to Soso
91(4)
The Birth of Fakoli
95(2)
How Tenenba Acquired Fakoli: Sumaworo's Quest for the Soso Bala
97(10)
The Sacrifice of Kosiya Kante
107(5)
Tenenba and Fakoli Visit the Sacred Sites
112(6)
Sumaworo's Tyranny Over Manden
118(5)
The Expedition to Find Sunjata and Return Him to Manden
123(4)
Kolonkan Finds Meat for Guests from Manden
127(2)
Manden Bori's Anger and Kolonkan's Curse
129(2)
Sogolon Bestows the Legacy of Maghan Konfara
131(9)
The Burial of Sogolon and Departure from Nema
140(6)
The Return of Sunjata
146(3)
Conde Pride and Descent from Adama
149(4)
Fakoli Reveals His Power
153(3)
Fakoli Explains His Dilemma and Takes His Leave from Manden
156(2)
Fakoli Finds Trouble in Soso
158(11)
A Visit to Kamanjan in Sibi
169(4)
A Strategic Alliance: Kolonkan's Marriage
173(2)
The Battle of Negeboriya
175(2)
Trading Insults and Swearing Oaths
177(6)
The Battle of Dakajalan and Fakoli's Revenge
183(4)
The Campaign Against Jolofin Mansa
187(9)
Epilogue 196(2)
Glossary of Frequently Used Maninka Terms 198(2)
Major Characters 200(4)
Suggestions for Further Reading 204


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