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Sundiata

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  1. Sundiata An Epic of Old Mali

  2. Summary • Epic: A long narrative poem telling of a hero’s deeds • A hunter comes to the king and prophesizes that Sundiata will be born from an ugly woman • Sundiata is said to become the great leader • The ugly woman marries the king and has a son Sundiata • The king’s first wife Sassouma Berete becomes angry that her son will not be king • Sundiata walks • Sundiata and his family are exiled for 7 years • Sassouma Berete’s son rules Mali badly • Sundiata goes back to Mali to rule • Sundiata rules justly and wisely for many years

  3. Setting • This Epic takes place in Mali • Sundiata ruled from 1230 to 1255

  4. Griot • A griot is a storyteller in West Africa who perpetuates oral traditions of a family or village • Griots are very important to the people of Mali • Griots play a very big role in the story of Sundiata

  5. Sundiata • He is strong • Heroic • Responsible • He overcomes what others do not believe he is capable of • He is wise

  6. Lessons • Keeping stories alive is important to learning the history of your people/ culture • Griots play a big role in this story