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Table of Contents

Map

Introduction to the Revised Edition

Background Information

Geography

Religion

Society

Politics

Oral Tradition, Pronunciation and Spelling

Who's Who of Characters/Glossary of Places

Preface

The Story of Sundiata

The Words of the Griot Mamadou Kouyatc

The First Kings of Mali

The Buffalo Woman

The Lion Child

Childhood

The Lion's Awakening

Exile

Soumaoro Kantc: The Sorcerer King

History

The Baobab Leaves

The Return

The Names of the Heroes

Nana Triban and Balla Fassckc

Krina

The Empire

Kouroukan Fougan or The Division of the World

Niani

Eternal Mali

Author's Notes

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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.

About the Author

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.

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