Sundiata - The First Kings of Mali Summary & Analysis

Djeli Mamoudou Kouyate
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The First Kings of Mali Summary

The early kings of Mali were religious people who pilgrimaged to Mecca and sought Alla's advice for ruling the kingdom. They were great hunters who communicated with the spirits of the savannah. They also knew medicinal properties of herbs and plants. Sundiata was descended from these early native kings. Manding Bory is Sundiata's best friend and half brother, the son of his father's third wife.

The First Kings of Mali Analysis

Djeli Mamoudou Kouyaty is a griot, a "vessel of speech," who takes readers through the ancient tales of Mali. This book is a collection of tales retold by Kouyaty, a character much like Homer, who retold the history orally. Kouyaty begins by discussing the greatness of Sundiata, the first and most accomplished king of Mali.

Translator D.T. Niane mentions in the preface that this epic...

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