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[Last Name] 1 Angelique Boutte Carolyn Wistrand ENG-201-W02 November 20, 2017 Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali is an intriguing story of a young man with his faith sealed, religion set, and acquiring the knowledge of his history. This is a heroic tale of a prince who grows to unite his people. This part history, part legend story is told by Djeli Mamoudou Kouyaté. History mean a lot to the people of Mali. Each king is assigned their very own person to help with knowing the past called griots. Here he speaks of a theme that will emerge again throughout the story; the importance of the history and remembering it. A griot is in charge of teaching kings about the past; to celebrate their ancestry and enhancing decisions of future choices. The griot is important because we learn from the past and he's like a walking history book. If we don't learn from history, then we damn ourselves by repeating past mistakes. It is significant for the culture of prior kings, and to celebrated. Peace is also being maintained between tribes by recognizing what alliances were emplaced before the present time; also kept track of by the griot. "I teach kings the history of their ancestors, so that the lives of the ancients might serve them as an example, for the world is old, but the future springs from the past." (Griot Djeli Mamadou Kouyaté, pg.1) From the beginning to the end of this epic story, Sundiata
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