The Epic of Son-Jara

The Epic of Son-Jara : A West African Tradition

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... a major addition to the literature on oral traditions." -Journal of Religion in AfricaThis 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 12.7mm | 272.15g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • Midland Book
  • 0253207134
  • 9780253207135
  • 1,699,747

About John William Johnson

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.show more

Table of contents

PrefaceIntroductionThe HeroThe BardThe TextThe EpicAnnotationsGenealogyBibliographyshow more

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" ... a major addition to the literature on oral traditions." - Journal of Religion in Africashow more

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