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Sundiata : an epic of old Mali

Author: Djibril Tamsir Niane
Publisher: [London] : Longmans, [1965]
Series: Forum series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The son of Sogolon, the hunchback princess, and Maghan, known as "the handsome", Sundiata grew up to fulfill the prophesies of the soothsayers that he would unite the twelve kingdoms of Mali into one of the most powerful empires ever known in Africa, which at its peak stretched right across the savanna belt from the shores of the Atlantic to the dusty walls of Timbuktu. Retold by generations of griots, the guardians  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Folklore
History
Legends
Légendes
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Niane, Djibril Tamsir.
Sundiata.
[London] Longmans [1965]
(OCoLC)600863288
Online version:
Niane, Djibril Tamsir.
Sundiata.
[London] Longmans [1965]
(OCoLC)608865901
Named Person: Soundiata Keita; Soundiata Keita
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Djibril Tamsir Niane
ISBN: 0582642590 9780582642591 0582640245 9780582640245
OCLC Number: 5393002
Notes: Translation of Soundjata.
Description: ix, 96 pages : map ; 20 cm.
Contents: Preface to French Edition --
The words of the griot Mamadou Kouyaté --
The first kings of Mali --
The buffalo woman --
The lion child --
Childhood --
The lion's awakening --
Exile --
Soumaoro Kanté : the sorcerer king --
History --
The baobab leaves --
The return --
The names of the heroes --
Nana Triban and Balla Fasséké --
Krina --
The empire --
Kouroukan Fougan or the division of the world --
Niani --
Eternal Mali --
Notes.
Series Title: Forum series.
Other Titles: Soundjata.
Epic of old Mali
Responsibility: D.T. Niane. ; Translated by G.D. Pickett.

Abstract:

The son of Sogolon, the hunchback princess, and Maghan, known as "the handsome", Sundiata grew up to fulfill the prophesies of the soothsayers that he would unite the twelve kingdoms of Mali into one of the most powerful empires ever known in Africa, which at its peak stretched right across the savanna belt from the shores of the Atlantic to the dusty walls of Timbuktu. Retold by generations of 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 an epic tale, part history and part legend.

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