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    Throughout the 13th and 16th centuries, the Mali and Songhai Empires rose to power in Western Africa, through an accomplished trading system and powerful legitimate emperors. The Mali Empire was ruled by many emperors, two of which were Sundiata Keita and Mansa Musa. Sundiata and his 11 brothers were seeked to be killed by Sumanguru, ruler of the neighboring state of Kaniaga who wanted to expand his state of the land of the Mali Empire. Because of his childhood disability, Sumanguru spared his life, while killing the rest of his siblings. Sundiata rose to power in 1217 and died in 1255; a short reign didn’t stop him from gaining massive success. Mansa Musa, famously known for his incredible wealth, rose to power in 1312 until his death in 1337.…

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    of Mali. Sundiata was son of King Maghan Kon Fatta, and is son of the second wife (Sogolon) of his father. As a child Sundiata had a problem, he was cripple and didn’t learn how to walk until he is seven years old and in addition he is always being wrongfully talked about by his fathers first wife, Sassosouma Berete, so her son could have a better stature. The king was not very supportive of Sundiata, “The king himself lost hope [of Sundiata],” (Niane 16). Sundiata’s father then believes that…

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    Sundjata Beliefs

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    Certification: This is to certify that the following essay is my own work and that I have not received any unauthorized assistance with it. Signed Matthew Smith 9/14/15 The Influence of Beliefs on the Epic of Sundjata The epic of Sundjata is an African oral legend that has been greatly influenced by traditional beliefs of magic and spiritualism. King Maghan, the king of Mali, was depicted as a strong believer in prophecies and talking with spirits. A great prophecy was told to King Maghan…

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    Tilya Means Dr. Devona Mallory ENGL 2111.2 April 20, 2016 Epic of Gilgamesh and Sunjata Analysis God has his mysteries which none can fathom. You, perhaps, will be a king. You can do nothing about it. You, on the other hand, will be unlucky, but you can do nothing about that either. Each man finds his way already marked out for him and he can change nothing of it. (Naine, Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali 15) “The Epic of Gilgamesh” and “Sunjata: A West African Epic of the Mande Peoples” are both…

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    was the second of three major empires in West Africa, which was founded in the thirteenth century. The story of it’s founding has been persevere orally throughout the centuries and has been transcribed from the mouths of Griot. In D.T. Niane’s version the success of the empire’s founder, Sundiata, could arguably be attributed to the women in his story, specifically his mother Sogolon Kedjou. Mali’s militaristic success can also be attributed to Sogolon Kedjou. The use of tributary states and…

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    The Change of Roles in Society In the Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali by D.T. Niane, the women are not hidden behind their husbands because they play an important role in society, as a mother is to her child. The power of motherhood and devotion to family and culture allows them to remain empowered. As opposed to being submissive to their husbands like women in the Muslim society. In the Malinke society, men and women are equal. Women have authority in the society and they take pride in showing…

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    Epic Of Sundiata Analysis

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    The Epic of Sundiata An epic poem is a narrative poem that normally speaks about heroic acts and events that are significant within a specific cultured. Many ancient writers used these epic poem to tell stories of a leader 's greatest downfalls and most heroic moments.. In the Epic of Sundiata, we learn about Sundiata, who was a powerful and influential prince who founded the Mali Empire. In The Epic of Sundiata, we learn the historical context of Sundiata, the importance of Sogolon Kokalon…

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    However, there is much more to being a good leader than just a prophecy. Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali by D.T. Niani is the story of one such leader with a prophecy and his quest to become great. Throughout the text, there are actions Sundiata must take and qualities he must have in order to achieve his greatness. The message of Sundiata about the meaning of greatness is that although some leaders are born with great destinies, physical command and authority, morality, and working hard with…

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    Sundiata Women's Roles

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    both novels, women shared similar duties. Sundiata, by D.T. Niane, describes the journey of King Sundiata Keita’s road to become ruler of the Mali Empire. The Conquest of New Spain, by Bernal Diaz, recounts the downfall of the Aztec Empire. In the Aztec, Spanish, and Mali Empires women were portrayed as domesticated, were used as a means of creating alliances, and were idols in certain empires. These similarities were common among ancient civilizations during those times. Throughout history…

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    thought that the endings make the tale. What might Titanic, the film by James Cameron, be without its conclusion? In the stories of Kirikou and Sundiata, we see two particularly diverse endings that would bring about different reactions from different gatherings of people. The Treatment of the bad guy is meaningful at the end of it all due to the fact that it brings into question the judgment of the story 's hero. Looking into how others react to the shadow is essential on the grounds that it…

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