The Epic of Son-Jara: A West African Tradition (African Epic) (Paperback)

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. . . a major addition to the literature on oral traditions. --Journal of Religion in Africa

This 750-year-old epic celebrates the exploits of the legendary founder of the Empire of Old Mali. It constitutes a virtual social, political, and cultural charter and embodies deep-rooted aspects of Mande cosmology. The fully annotated translation is accompanied by an introduction that provides a historical and contextual framework for understanding the recitation of this African epic.

About the Author


JOHN WILLIAM JOHNSON is Associate Professor of Folklore at Indiana University and the author of two books and many articles on Somali and Mande linguistics and folklore.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780253207135
ISBN-10: 0253207134
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: August 22nd, 1992
Pages: 160
Language: English
Series: African Epic