Sunjata: A West African Epic of the Mande Peoples
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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 Kante, 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 f...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (first published August 1st 2004)
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Yoni
A West-African epic told in the oral tradition. Once you get used to the tone and style it opens up an amazing world. The mythology is intertwined with all aspects of life the region, and has been passed down through oral tradition since before the days of this massive West African empire.
Cassa
Read it for class; probably would have enjoyed it more if we hadn't picked it apart so much--and if we hadn't been forced to eagerly engage in the call and response.
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