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Sassouma Berete and Sogolon Kedjou in The Epic of Sundiata - Mothers play a very influential role in a young mans life. Even though Sogolon Kedjou and Sassouma Bérété both had an impact on there son's life, their character traits were at different ends of the maternal spectrum. Despite minuscule similarities Sogolon Kedjou and Sassouma Bérété were depicted in direct contrast in the epic Sundiata. When comparing the two Sogolon Kedjou and Sassouma Berete both did what they thought would help to get their son's to become king. Sogolon knew everything that Sassouma was capable of doing to hurt her family, so she came up with the idea to leave the kingdom....   [tags: The Epic of Sundiata] 837 words
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The Epic of Sundiata - ... It is very clear that in fulfilling his destiny, Sundiata will reveal personal qualities that resemble other political leaders such as Machiavelli's prince. Both view their characters integrity in certain ways, which are expressed through action to better the community. They both show talents considered to be unique and contain several qualities of leadership. They are both ready to place their lives on the line for their kingdoms and sacrifice all the pain that would be acquired by doing so....   [tags: ancient Kingdom of Mali in Africa] 613 words
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Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali - The great Machiavelli once said, "Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times." Indeed, the study of history is important as history does seem to repeat itself. Many people in today's society learn about the past from textbooks and other books, as these are of easy access. Is this really the best way to learn about the past. The people of ancient Africa did not think so, as they had special people called "griots"who passed the people's traditions and history down orally from generation to generation....   [tags: D.T. Niane] 1008 words
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Sundiata and God's Bits of Wood - Sundiata When I was finished reading both Sundiata and God’s Bits of Wood I had a better understanding of the strong relationship between the African people and their leaders. Even though Sundiata and Ihamim Bakayoko became leaders by different means, they displayed a lot of similarities. Sundiata was a king, so the people had to obey him because of his status. However his subjects did not follow him for that reason, they listened to Sundiata because he was a good leader. As a wise African leader, Sundiata ruled in consultation....   [tags: Essays Papers] 1035 words
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Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali Vs. The Odyssey - Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali Vs. The Odyssey The definition of an epic hero can be defined as one who is triumphant in some manner that reflects the idea of his/her culture. “Heroes have always dominated mythology, fairy tales, nursery rhymes, history, and literature. No culture seems to lack tales of human, superhuman, or god-like heroes who save the innocent from the wicked, conquer evil, and deliver the threatened and oppressed” (Shunnaq). Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali and The Odyssey can be compared and contrasted in different ways....   [tags: Epic Hero, Literary Analysis, Classic Literature]
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The Power of Women in Sundiata and The Romance of Tristan and Iseult - In a patriarchal society men normally have the power. This power is generally handed down generation to generation as seen in Sundiata where the lineage of the first kings of Mali is explained generation by generation (Niane 3). It can also be seen in The Romance of Tristan and Iseult when “[T']he barons, Andret, Guenelon, Gondoine, and Denoalen pressed King Mark to take to wife some king's daughter who should give him an heir...”(Bedier 26). In these examples men generally have the primary power....   [tags: Mali empire, patriarchal society]
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Epic Heroes Compared: Achilles, Sundiata and Rama - Introduction Who is a hero. In contemporary times, usage of the term has become somewhat of a cliché. Over the years, the term “hero” has become representative of a wide variety of individuals, each possessing differing traits. Some of the answers put forth by my colleagues (during our in-class discussion on heroism) as to whom they consider heroes pointed to celebrities, athletes, teachers and family members. Although the occupations differed, each of their heroes bore qualities that my classmates perceived as extraordinary, whether morally or physically....   [tags: traits, qualities, extraordinary]
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Sundiata - Epics Sundiata was written in Africa. Gilgamesh was the oldest one written. Other works include the Iliad and the Odyssey, which were written by the blind prophet Homer. What do all these works of literature have in common with each other. The similarity that all these works of literature have is that they are all epics. What does this mean. What is an epic. The definition of an epic is that an epic is a long, narrative poem with a hero that goes on a quest. What is the hero. Well, the characteristics of a hero is that they all go on a quest, which is a long, arduous journey, he usually descends to the underworld, and many other traits are possessed that determine if a hero is an epic hero....   [tags: essays research papers] 961 words
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Syncretism: Adapting Religious Beliefs to Traditional Customs - ... The early converts of Central and West Africa did not entirely abandon their old ways of life, they blended and understood the new religion through the old religions and practices. This method is known as syncretism and its practice was somewhat frowned upon, because it did not strictly follow the customs of Islam. It was seen as a tainted practice of Islam, due to the observance of pagan observances. As the Ghana kingdoms fell, their successor the Mali Empire, was built on the success of the dynasty’s founder, Sundiata, who is commonly referred to as Mali’s greatest king....   [tags: beliefs, transformed, kingdoms, subjects] 831 words
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Mali: An African Nation and Its Rise and Fall - The Kingdom of Mali was an African hub of wealth, trade and education for over 225 years. Mali is an Arab version of the Mandinka word that means, “Where the king dwells”, and was vitally important in spreading trade, education, religion and culture along the Niger River. The rise of Mali into an Empire occurred in the early 13th century, when Sundiata defeated his enemies and won control of the West African gold mines. In 1312 Mansa Musa became ruler of Mali. During his reign which was known as Mali’s, “Golden Age”, he introduced Islamic beliefs to many communities along the Niger and enhanced education after his historic pilgrimage to Mecca....   [tags: Kingdom, Islam, Peace] 1346 words
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Modernizing Genre: Subversion of the Epic in Witi Ihimaera’s The Whale Rider - The epic genre is known for its celebration of achievements of community heroes and several other features. This paper argues that Witi Ihimaera’s The Whale Rider conforms to the requirements of the epic genre although the author has used it push for progressive ideals among the Maori. It is, therefore, not mere celebration of heroic deeds of the protagonist as it would be the case for traditional epics. By setting the story in the present and through Kahu, the heroine, Witi seeks to inform the Maori and the world that leadership is no longer reserved for men as most epics tend to imply....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Africa's Political Mastery - Before the arrival of the colonial masters, Africans had a political heritage. This was a way of practicing politics, political attitudes, and political institutions that were passed from one generation to the next generation. Chinua Achebe and D.T. Niane authors of Things Fall Apart and Sundiata respectively, demonstrates how politics was practiced during the pre-colonial period. In Chinua Achebe's book, Things Fall Apart, the people of Umofia were disturbed by their enemy which was a call for war rather; they decided to handle the matter diplomatically by sending an embassy....   [tags: Book Reviews] 822 words
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Trade Routes and Religion - The Major religions spread across Eurasia and Africa through trade routes and conquest. Along with the religions came ideas and practices to new and distance places, changing local populations and create new traditional beliefs and customs. Beliefs and religions ebbed and flowed through the Silk Roads that was “an artery that for nearly a thousand years was the primary commercial network linking East Asia and the Mediterranean world. This trade route extended over 5000 miles and took its name from the huge quantities of precious silk that passed along it.” Nomads, monks and traders survived on these open roads selling goods, services, and ideas to other people and traders to pass on....   [tags: history, knowledge]
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Origin and Fate of the Empire of Mali - Origin and Fate of the Empire of Mali Introduction In its peak, the people of Mali occupied land as far west as the Atlantic Ocean. They also traveled as far east as Gao, the capital of the Songhai, as far south as the Niger bend, and as far north as the Sahara desert. They built a great empire between 1240 and 1337 that underwent a course of slow decline until the seventeenth century. History The empire of Mali originated from a small country known as Kangaba. Its people where known as the Mandingo (they have also been called the Malinke and the Mandinka)....   [tags: World History] 636 words
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The Mongol and Mali Empires - Both the glorious empires, the Mali established in 1230 by the founder Sundiata and Mongol founded by Genghis Khan in 1206 contain much more differences than similarities. When the rise of the Mali and Mongol Empires began to arise they had significant effects towards the areas in which they were located. Some similarities include religious tolerance and cultural growth by trade. Some differences include violence methods and religion. Even though both of these superlative empires arose in difference regions they shared some common views as well....   [tags: religion, expansion, influences] 535 words
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The Biggest Influence on The Lion King - Hamlet or the Epic of Son-Jara? - The Lion King is Disney's most successful movie to date. Many believe that the Lion King is Disney's only original movie; the only movie not previously a fairy tale from one country or another. In fact, The Lion King is in on based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Disney writers conceal the basic character archetypes and simplified storyline in a children's tale of cute lions in Africa. On the other hand William Shakespeare’s Hamlet was based on the Epic of Son-Jara or Sundiata. This lead to the debate is the Lion King based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet or the West African story, the Epic of Son Jara....   [tags: Literacy Analysis ]
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Assata Shakur Should Not Be on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorsit List - Assata Shakur is a revolutionary African-American woman who believed in the uplifting of the black race during the sixties and seventies. She is an awesome and inspiring symbol of overcoming a corrupt society’s limitations and racial strongholds. In 1971, Assata Shakur was accused of robbing a bank in Queens (Shakur XIX). This was just the beginning of a long list of accusations and arraignments that she would be experiencing. Assata Shakur was a member of the Black Panther Party, an organization that was dedicated to the uplifting of the black race ‘by any means necessary’ (BlackPast)....   [tags: revolutionary African-American woman]
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Searching for Assata - Searching for Assata I thought long and hard about the type of creative project I wanted to do for my Gender & Society class. This project is a really cool one, in which gender and the things I learned in class would be combined. At first, I was going to interview four teenage African-American girls about their experiences about being Black and female in this society. Due to technical difficulties (raggedly camcorder), I was not able to complete that task. Then I thought about doing a feminist critique of Scarlett O’Hara, the main character from “Gone with the Wind” but that type of thing is for a ten-page paper, not a creative project....   [tags: essays research papers] 1201 words
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