The Sundiata


Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali told the story of a crippled boy rising to be the most powerful king of Mali. Sundiata was considered to be even greater than Alexander the Great. Though Sundiata's wrath was great, he was considered to be a good ruler. By the same token, Soumaoro's wrath was great also, yet he was considered to be a bad ruler. A ruler could be either a good or bad ruler. Within the text of this book, the qualities of a good and bad ruler were detected. A good ruler was a great hunter, a good Muslim, wise and confident, a man of justice, and respected the jinn. A bad ruler was also a great hunter, wise and confident, and respected the jinn, but was neither a good Muslim ...

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of injured sofas and cure their diseases was important to the survival of the troops. A great hunter would never die of hunger or wounds not treated properly.
In , the Muslim rulers were portrayed as powerful, respected, good rulers. Sundiata was a Muslim as well as Soumaba Cisse¢. When Sundiata first arrived at the court of Soumaba Cisse¢, he was at prayer. Soumaba Cisse¢ gave asylum to the exiled Sundiata and his family. He offered his home to be their home, allowed Sogolon to rest, and her children to be dressed and treated like royalty. When Sogolon became sick, he sent the family to a place where she could get better (Niane 33-35). Sundiata was considered a good ruler, and he was Muslim. All of the good rulers and kings were Muslim, whereas the bad rulers, Suomaoro, the king of Sosso, and Mansa Konkon, the king of Djedeba, were simply known as sorcerers. It is stated that "the fortified town of Sosso was the bulwark of fetishism against the word of Allah" (Niane ...

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