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Sunjata Penguin Classics 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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  1. Stacia Stacia says:

    So Sunjata is basically the story about the beginnings of the Malian empire in the early 1300s as founded by the great warrior SunjataBamba Suso Banna Kanute were both griots or jalis; griots are West African storytellers Both griots Bamba Suso Banna Kanute were studied in 1970 by Gordon Innes who watchedtranscribedtried to translate the oral story into a printed form Apparently Bamba Suso's style was straightforward direct storytelling while Banna Kanute was of a performer using varied music song styles with each retellingFrom the back of the bookThese stories remain central to the culture of the Mande speaking peoples This book brings together translations of live performances by two leading Gambian jalis or bards Where Banna Kanute's version is all about violent action supernatural forces and the struggle for mastery Bamba Suso uses far dialogue to reveal his insight into human relationshipsI got sidetracked looking up some info trying to understand the griot style how well or not the book translation was going to cover the usual way of the story being toldHere is a little bit about griots Here is a piece of the Sunjata story as it was performed in the 1980s Perhaps this would be a style similar to either Bamba Suso or Banna Kanute though I really don't know And here is a recording of a griot telling the Sunjata story Just a picture w the recording no videoLoved this book found it magnificent as all epic tales tend to be I completely enjoyed reading all the notes info about griots the oral traditions of West Africa heading down rabbit trails reading two different versions of the Sunjata story as presented in this book Well worth your time Drawing of griots as found on wikipedia

  2. Nathan "N.R." Gaddis Nathan "N.R." Gaddis says:

    This is the same epic as Sundiata An Epic of Old Mali Some grLibrarian work needs to be done on this The only unifying way to recognize this diversity is via the title which itself is variously spelled There is no author There are reciters And filing it as 'anonymous' is a really stupid idea So in this volume we have two recitations of this ancient African Epic One by Bamba Suso and one by Banna Kanute Sunjata has never been set down in writing It's been recited now for centuries And because pretty much every epic let's use the word correctly fantasy genre is not epic not by a long shot is an oral entity This is how Homer existed for centuries before being set down in ink This is how Beowulf existed for centuries This is how Sunjata still exists Really should be read right next to and along with Gilgamesh And still living and breathing epic

  3. Marcus Chatman Marcus Chatman says:

    Oh how I love this story let me count the ways First off let me start this review by stating that this particular post is a preuel to a elaborate review that I'll be putting together at some point in the future Reason being is that this story is one that reuires patience because there are so many different versions and interpretations of it I'll begin with the version that I read first This story to me is sort of similar to The Count Of Monte Cristo by Alexadre Dumasreview coming soon I thought that was cool Sundiata Sunjata Keita was the son of Magon Konfara his father and Sogolon his mother Sundiata was born in the early 12th century Sologon was the least favored among her co wives and constantly ridiculed and criticized mainly about her son Sundiata's disability Sundiata was physically impaired and barely able to walk Now in the version I read and fell in love with 13 years ago warriors from Ghana were envious of Mali's community and natural beauty and decided to invade the land and overthrow the leadership that was set in place at the time while simultaneous pillaging and plundering all of the land's beautiful contents in the process After subduing all of Sundiata's people they looked upon Sundiata and decided to spare him and grant him leniency due to his weak and feeble condition This infuriated Sundiata and he became determined than ever to rise and avenge his people the land and the legacy thereof Sundiata arose with a superhuman strength and begin to walk triumphantly for the first time He eventually became an extremely strong leader and he lead the campaign that overtook the treacherous corrupt dictatorship and restored order to his homeland eventually making it prosperous than it had ever been I read this story and fell in love with it immediately afterwards Other versions suggest that a family uarrel or something to that effect forced Sundiata and his family into exile when King Narehann died This exile lasted for many years years in which Sundiata and family traveled a great distance until they reached Mena where the king gave them refuge The king of Mena admired Sundiata for his courage and tenacity and Sundiata was given a senior position in the kingdom When King Sousomaoro of Sosso conuered the Mandinka People messengers were sent to look for Sundiata because he was destined to be a great leader according to prophecy After persuading Sundiata to come back and liberate the Mandinka people a brotherhood was formed that included Tabon Wana Kamadia Kamara and Tiramakhan Traore all names that you seldom hear anywhere ever Other names that you seldom hear about that are also worthy of learning about are Donsa Mogo Diarra Tenen Mansa Kani Simbon Faran Tunkara and Soso Bali Sumaworo all leaders who were undefeated in battle At the battle of Karina Sundiata and his allies defeated the Sosso king and liberated the Mandinka people Sundiata became the first emperor of the Mali Empire Sundiata became the first of the Mandinka line of kings to adapt the royal title Mansa The First portion of Sundiata's name sunor son derives from his mother's name and jata means lion Sundiata was known as the lion king Legend has it that the enormously popular Disney movie The Lion King is an animated adaptation of his story and is actually based on Sundiata's life but I don't know if that theory has been validated yet What is widely accepted as factual is that Sundiata was a strong leader of the Mandinka people and a huge contributor to the success of the Mali Empire during his reign Under Sundiata's leadership Mali became a very notable entity not only in terms of the establishing of community but economically also Sundiata made Mansa Musa's success possible seeing as in how Sundiata was the person who oversaw and controlled the region's trade routes and gold fields Sundiata also established many of the social and political policies that still abound in modern day Mali Another thing about Mandinka culture that I found to be fascinating is one aspect of their dialect I'm from Louisiana and anytime you're talking to someone who is from where I'm from and they end pretty much every sentence with the phrase ya heard me which means can you understand me? you know that person is deeply embedded in our culture and is truly from the boot shaped state The same as in the case of people from Tennessee who tend to end their sentences with the phrase ya hurr hearme When I hear that there's a distinction there that pretty much makes it obvious where that person is from In Mandinka culture the natives end their sentences with the phrase ya hear it which has the same meaning and is used in the exact same context as the two phrases listed above that we often use today in our era I thought that was super cool I recommend this story whatever version you choose to readthere are many some come across as mythical and like folklore and others come across as modest and based on extensive research to anyone seeking a different take on black or African history I think this story is very different from what's considered to be the norm and is also very compelling if you can find a good version of it I still haven't found the book with the version I originally read since I lost it yet it's been over a decade

  4. Big Al Big Al says:

    This collection includes two different versions of the Sunjata epic the story of Sundiata Keita the hero who founded the Mali Empire in the 13th century Each griot has their own interpretation of the events of the story and well as their own uniue storytelling style so I loved that two were included here As cool as it was to learn this story it is definitely meant to be experienced as a musical performance not a written text Thankfully there are a decent amount of videos available on Youtube to supplement the reading

  5. Actually-A -Badger Actually-A -Badger says:

    First of all don't skip the footnotes and introduction They make the story much easier to follow and fill in a lot of inferred informationThis book is uite uniue for a Penguin Classics title as there are two separate versions of the Sunjata epic included Unlike other stories like Beowulf there isn't a definitive version of the story of Sunjata so over time different regions across West Africa have developed their own retellings these share the same basic plot but otherwise differ wildlyIt's amazing how polarised the two retellings are The first portrays Sunjata as a sort of traditional hero who defeats his rival and establishes his kingdom The second has much characterisation for chief Sunguru and makes Sunjata of an anti hero mutilating a griot and making him his slave For anyone with even a passing interest in African history I'd strongly recommend tracking a copy of Sunjata down

  6. Molly Molly says:

    Sunjata is a magnificent oral epic of West Africa comparable to the story of Beowulf I enjoyed reading the two distinct versions of the tale and seeing how differences emerged through different tellings Sunjata is really meant to be performed by a jali or West African storyteller with musical accompaniment however

  7. Matt Miles Matt Miles says:

    Like many epics Sunjata praises strength and cunning but the real standouts from both versions make these specific interpretations uniue Bamba Suso’s telling has moments of pleading for mercy and justice and Banna Kannute’s has humor shining through moments of confrontation and violence Both are fascinating and worth a read

  8. Jambean8 Jambean8 says:

    My first African myth I appreciated the introduction to the musical origin of the storytelling The story made me think of Lion King which I wouldn't be surprised if it had an influence along with Hamlet Short and interesting first dip into the culture

  9. Kelly McDonough Kelly McDonough says:

    Read portions for class World Myth Foundations of Culture 2018

  10. Rachel Rachel says:

    Read for English Class

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