Sunjata A West African Epic of the Mande Peoples

ISBN-10: 0872206971
ISBN-13: 9780872206977
Edition: 2004
List price: $18.00
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

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.

Note on the map of the Mande Heartland (map A)
Map A : the Mande Heartland and related Jamanaw
Map B : West Africa and area of detail according to oral tradition
Blessings, introductions, and prophets of Islam
Seven kings of Manden
The search for a special wife
Two hunters arrive in Manden
Do Kamissa the buffalo woman
Do Kamissa's revelations
Death of the buffalo
Sogolon Wulen Conde of Do ni Kiri
A new sorceress wife for the Mansa of Konfara
The childhood of Ma'an Sunjata
Step-brother rivalry and nine sorceresses of Manden
Mistaken murder and the question of exile
Departure for exile
A visit to Soso
The birth of Fakoli
How Tenenba acquired Fakoli : Sumaworo's quest for the Soso Bala
The sacrifice of Kosiya Kante
Tenenba and Fakoli visit the sacred sites
Sumaworo's tyranny over Manden
The expedition to find Sunjata and return him to Manden
Kolonkan finds meat for guests from Manden
Manden Bori's anger and Kolonkan's curse
Sogolon bestows the legacy of Maghan Konfara
The burial of Sogolon and departure from Nema
The return of Sunjata
Conde pride and descent from Adama
Fakoli reveals his power
Fakoli explains his dilemma and takes his leave from Manden
Fakoli finds trouble in Soso
A visit to Kamanjan in Sibi
A strategic alliance : Kolonkan's marriage
The battle of Negeboriya
Trading insults and swearing oaths
The battle of Dakajalan and Fakoli's revenge
The campaign against Jolofin Mansa

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