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Sunjata (Penguin Classics) I had to read this for my history class Islam in Africa It s difficult to write about someone else s tradition and the way it s being told around The preview part was very interesting, the stories about griots, musicians and their instruments Now off to listen to some kora blues Sunjata Keita Was The Founder Of One Of The Greatest Empires Of Western Africa These Two Epic Accounts Of His Life Portray A Greedy, Slow Witted Child Said To Have Crawled Until The Age Of Seven Who Grew Up As Prophecy Foretold To Become A Mighty Warrior, Renowned For His Bravery And Superhuman Strength They Describe How, With The Help Of His Sister, Who Seduced Their Arch Enemy Sumanguru Into Revealing His Secret Powers, Sunjata Defeated The Susu Overlords And Created The Mali Empire Which Would Last For Two Centuries Based On Events From The Early Thirteenth Century, These Tales Of Heroism And Magic Are Still Celebrated Across West Africa As Part Of A Living Epic Oral Tradition. Sunjata is a magnificent oral epic of West Africa, comparable to the story of Beowulf I enjoyed reading the two distinct versions of the tale and seeing how differences emerged through different tellings Sunjata is really meant to be performed by a jali, Read portions for class World Myth Foundations of Culture 2018 Read for English Class Bamba Susa and Banna Kanute, Sunjata Gambian versions of the Mande Epic translated by Gordon Innes and Bakari Sidibe, ed by Lucy Dur n and Graham Furniss 1999 117 pagesDavid C Conrad, tr., Sunjata A West African Epic of the Mande Peoples narrated by Djanka Tassey Cond 2004 206 pagesBetween the eleventh and sixteenth centuries, three major empires rose and fell in the West African savannah, approximately in what are now the countries of Senegal, Guinea and Mali the Empires of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai The Mande Epic of Sunjata is the story of the thirteenth century founder of the second empire, the Empire of Mali, who is variously known as Sonjara, Sunjata, Sundiata, etc depending on dialect and system of transcription While the better known European epics were fixed by memorization and later in writing at an early period and exist in standard editions with minimal variations, the African epics are still part of a living oral composition tradition, and so are told quite differently with each performance I read two books which between them contain three differen ENG 204 World MythologyTwo griots tell their stories of Sunjata the West African Kingdoms interesting but maybe not to read, but rather to see performed. This is the same epic as Sundiata An Epic of Old Mali Some gr Librarian work needs to be done on this The only unifying way to recognize this diversity is via the title which itself is variously spelled There is no author There are reciters And filing it as anonymous is a really stupid idea So in this volume we have two recitations of this ancient African Epic One by Bamba Suso and one by Banna Kanute Sunjata has never been set down in writing It s been recited now for centuries And because pretty much every epic let s use the word correctly fantasy genre is not epic, not by a long shot is an Oh how I love this story, let me count the ways First off let me start this review by stating that this particular post is a prequel to a elaborate review that I ll be putting together at some point in the future Reason being is that this story is one that requires patience because there are so many different versions and interpretations of it I ll begin with the version that I read first This story to me is sort of similar to The Count Of Monte Cristo by Alexadre Dumas review coming soon , I thought that was cool Sundiata Sunjata Keita was the son of Magon Konfara, his father, and Sogolon, his mother Sundiata was born in the early 12th century Sologon was the least favored among her co wives and constantly ridiculed and criticized, mainly about her son Sundiata s disability Sundiata was physically impaired and barely able to walk Now in the version I read and fell in love with 13 years ago, warriors from Ghana were envious of Mali s community and natural beauty, and decided to invade the land and overthrow the leadership that was set in place at the time, while simultaneous pillaging and plundering all of the land s beautiful contents in the process After subduing all of Sundiata s people, they looked upon Sundiata and decided to spare him, and grant him leniency due to his weak and feeble condition This infuriated Sundiata, and he became determined than ever to rise and avenge his people, the land, and the legacy thereof Sundiata arose with a superhuman strength and beg

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