The Epic of Son-Jara (Paperback)
A West African Tradition (African Epic)
Indiana University Press, 9780253207135, 160pp.
Publication Date: August 22, 1992
"... 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.