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"Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali"
Transcript of "Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali"
Again, myths provide a common link, showing that throughout humanity, people share our emotions, our hopes and fears for the future and for the now, and that allows us to better empathize with others around us.
Fear has been a theme throughout the existence of life. The fear of death, in the primeval era of man. The fear of Sogolon, in the era of developing nations, that her son would not provide for them, and that they would be ridiculed forever. That fear even applies to modern day man, in the cases of fear of failure in academia, or fear of demotion in the workplace.
Instances of hope that translate from Sundiata to our daily lives:
hope for the ascension of Sogolon Djata to the throne displayed by appointing Balla F. for griot
more hope for those who are crippled
hope for better treatment of Sogolon
increased hope for those lacking respect
We fear that characters like Dankaran Touman will rise to power, instead of Sogolon Djata
We fear that evil, unsound individuals will be in charge
Sogolon feared that Djata, her son would continue to disappoint her
People can be hostile, trusting in no one, should someone fail them.
How does our understanding of mythology from diverse cultures affect our self-awareness?
How do the elements of hope and fear in mythology continue to affect our lives?
Our culture is similar and different to the culture that Sundiata was born into in many ways, thus making us think about what we would be/feel like in Sundiata's culture
The prevalence of common themes throughout mythology helps us to realize that although we may have differences in cultural background, at the very core of our beings, we share ties that unite us all.
Sundiata's Culture vs Our Culture
No real faith in disabled people to hold a position of power
Some shared religious background
Abusive towards crippled individuals
Supportive of crippled individuals
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Sundiata was ridiculed as a kid and children are still ridiculed, whether by their peers or adults
Sundiata's mother had expectations she wanted Sundiata to live up to; mothers in our society have expectations for their children.
People fear those that are different; in Sundiata's case, others thought he was not worthy to be king.