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Epic of Sundiata

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Epic of Sundiata
prezi by: clarke white
Essential Question: What were the changes in culture and art during this time period (1450-1750)?
story of sundiata keita
Sundiata was born to Naré Maghann Konaté, king of the Mali people, and Sogolon Kolonkan
Sogolon Kolonkan, his mother, was named after "daughter of the buffalo woman" for her ugliness and her hunchback.
Sundiata was crippled from childhood and was constantly ridiculed for it.
He was determined to learn to walk like his peers. Because of his determination, one day he miraculously was able to walk.
Sundiata's paternal half-brother and step mother strongly resented Sundiata and his mother, which only increased when his father (the king) died. To escape, Sundiata's mother took him and his sisters and exiled themselves.
They traveled to the Kingdom of Ghana and were eventually granted asylum by the King of Mema.
**disclaimer: they did not have telephones during this time period
Sundiata was prophesized to be a great leader and was sent for to help liberate the people from the powerful Sosso king.
At the Battle of Kirina Sundiata defeated the king of Sosso.
He became the first emperor of the great Mali Empire.
**fun fact:
The Lion King
was based off the
Epic of Sundiata
(also influenced by the biblical tales of Joseph,Moses, and Shakespeare's
Hamlet
)
Griots (or Jeli,Djeli)
- West African historian, storyteller, poet, praise singer and/or musician
- part of an 'endogamous caste' where they only marry other griots
- transmitted orally stories, like the Epic of Sundiata
Oral traditions were still a big part of society in West Africa which meant that there is no one "correct" form of the Epic of Sundiata because it changed little by little based on who was telling the story and to whom they were speaking to. Art and culture is all based on perspective and interpretation.
Some say Sundiata and his mother were never exiled but left on their own, othe versions say Sundiata's step mother exiled them, some say he wasn't able to walk until his father died and his mother told him to walk so he did, others say it was because of his determination and use of tools, etc.
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