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Introduction to the Revised Edition
Oral Tradition, Pronunciation and Spelling
Who's Who of Characters/Glossary of Places
The Story of Sundiata
The Words of the Griot Mamadou Kouyatc
The First Kings of Mali
The Buffalo Woman
The Lion Child
The Lion's Awakening
Soumaoro Kantc: The Sorcerer King
The Baobab Leaves
The Names of the Heroes
Nana Triban and Balla Fassckc
Kouroukan Fougan or The Division of the World
Eternal MaliAuthor's Notes
This highly accessible translation of the classic story of Sundiata, a real king who ruled the empire of Mali just south of the Sahara desert from 1235-55, engages readers while introducing African culture and oral tradition used in Africa.
Born in Guinea, author and playwright Djibril Tamsir Niane is a descendant of griots - African oral historians/storytellers. He translated Sundiata, as told by the griot Djeli Mamadou Kouyate, into French under the title Soundjata ou Epoque Mandiginue in 1960. It was later translated into English by G. D. Pickett in 1965.