Sunjata: Gambian Versions of the Mande Epic by Bamba Suso


Sunjata: Gambian Versions of the Mande Epic by Bamba Suso ISBN: 9780140447361. “Sunjata” is an African aural epic which details the exploits of its hero as he defeats his greatest adversary, and establishes himself as master of a growing empire. This edition contains two renditions of the tale which have been transcribed and translated from by African Grigots.

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Sunjata Keita was the founder of one of the greatest empires of Western Africa. These two epic accounts of his life portray a greedy, slow-witted child – said to have crawled until the age of seven – who grew up as prophecy foretold to become a mighty warrior, renowned for his bravery and superhuman strength. They describe how, with the help of his sister, who seduced their arch-enemy Sumanguru into revealing his secret powers, Sunjata defeated the Susu overlords and created the Mali Empire which would last for two centuries. Based on events from the early thirteenth century, these tales of heroism and magic are still celebrated across West Africa as part of a living epic oral tradition.

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Weight 126 g
Dimensions 198 × 131 × 10 mm
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