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Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali is an African oral tradition told by the griot, Djeli Mamoudou Koyate (Sundiata, 1) about a real historical figure who was prophesized to be a great leader. This West African tale describes the destiny and life of Sundiata, the founder of the Mali Empire.

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Hormah Qureshi 2 Hormah QureshiHist 1110/ Fall 2014/ Dr. LaumannThird paperSundiata: An Epic of Old Mali is an African oral tradition told by the griot, Djeli Mamoudou Koyate (Sundiata, 1) about a real historical figure who was prophesized to be a great leader. This West African tale describes the destiny and life of Sundiata, the founder of the Mali Empire. Before his coming, Sundiatas destiny was predicted by the hunter of Sangaran (Sundiata, 6) to be the successor of his father, Maghan Kon Fatta. This oral tradition passed down by generations of griots incorporates an epic tale of the destiny of a great king who united the twelve kingdoms of Mali into a powerful empire (Sundiata, 1). The historical context of the story of Sundiata is the fact that it tells of a real king who founded the West African Mali Empire from about 1235-1255. This empire was preceded by the Ghana Emp

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