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Africa: The Mali Epic of Son- Jara English 2110--Sandefur
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Context Story of the founding of the Manding people in Western Africa Son-Jara Keita (Sundiata)— “Lion King”, founder of Mali Empire
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Islamic connection Son-Jara thought to be the descendant of Bilal, a companion of Muhammed. Bilal’s family came from Near East and founded community in Manden, Africa
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Oral tradition and African Epic Griot—oral performer, keeper of history
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Oral tradition, cont’d
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Unformatted text preview: Fluid nature of the epic and collective voice or identity Epic relates story of individual hero but also a national consciousness Other points of interest: Son-Jara plays similar cultural role as Illiad or Ramanyana (Hindu epic) Connections to Hebrew scripture and tradition. Son-Jara epic as reconciliation of African and Islamic traditions. Peace and Justice How does this text fit with or expand our understanding of the course themes?...
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