Essay on Son Jara

Essay on Son Jara

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Fa-Digi Sisoko is who tells the version o epic in our textbook Fata Magan the Handsome: father of Son-Jara, settles in Kamalen the center of the later Manding Kingdom. A jinni appears to Fata Magan and tells him he should wed an ugly maid who is with two youths; the ugly maid will bear him a son who will rule Manding. Magan gives his sister, Nakana Taliba later appears as a principal Queen of Darkness, and a rare token in exchange for Sugulun Konde, the ugly maid. Sugulun Konde called "the Konde woman the ugly maid, mother of Son-Jara, traveling with the Taraweres, who trade her for Nakana Taliba. Saman Berete "the Berete woman" gives birth to Dankaran Tuman just before Sugulun Konde births Son-Jara. News of Son-Jara's birth reaches Fata Magan first and he declares him heir, though Tuman is the elder by a few hours.
Son-Jara (also called Biribiriba, Nare Magan Konate, Sugulun's Ma'an, King of Nyani): born with hair all over body and thus got the name "lion thief."
Cursed by the holy man of Berete, Son-Jara crawls for 9 years. Tanimunari, a jinn of Son-Jara takes him on the haj where he gains some abilities in magic. Berete's Omen Master has two rams, a black (representing Son-Jara) and a white (for Dankaran Tuma) do battle; the black wins and Berete's people kills both and put them into a well to hide the omen. Next the Omen Master says a toothless dog must be sacrificed to keep Son-Jara from walking. They pull a spotted dog's teeth with pliers.
Son-Jara's "Muslim jinn" Tanimunari, predicts Son-Jara would rise and walk. Son-Jara's mother cooks special food to help him walk. She tries to get baobab leaves from neighboring women who all refused to share theirs. Son-Jara orders a staff from the blacksmith patriarchs but can't use it to rise. A taller staff also fails. Then Sugulun makes a staff from a custard apple tree. With it he rises, then walks. He shakes a Baobab tree three times, each time shaking a boy out of the tree. The first breaks a leg, the second an arm, the third his neck. Son-Jara pulls up the tree and plants it in his mother's yard and tells her that from now on anyone wanting Baobab leaves will have to ask her permission, for she controls them all.
Dankaran Tuman asks his mother not to disturb their family, but she kept plotting. Son-Jara takes a fierce dog with a weight around its neck . The dog tore up Dankaran Tuman's toothless dog. T...


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... mother's breast, and she disowned him as her son. Kulunkan takes the information to her brother.
Sumamuru, who had a hundred wives, takes the one wife of his nephew, Fa-Koli. Enraged, Fa-Koli joins Son-Jara. Fa-Koli volunteers to perform the magic ritual for destroying Sumamuru learned by Kulunkan. He does so and also uses magic darts to draw out the Susu forces, who are defeated by Son-Jara and his generals. The generals surround Sumamuru with swords and he "dried up on the spot." The bard notes that he is still revered by his people; he is the subject of a rival epic.
The victors makes Sumamuru's son, Mansa Saman, carry Doka the Cat on his shoulders both as honor to Doka the Cat and as humiliation to Mansa Saman.
In the mop-up campaign, Son-Jara says he will lead the army against a king in Dark Jolof land. One general, Tura Magan, is so disappointed he digs his grave and gets in it. Son-Jara goes to him and gives him the leadership of the mop-up army. Tura Magan kills the rival kings, one of whom had stolen Son-Jara's horses and sent him dogs in their stead (an insult). The epic ends with the kingdom united.

Parker, Sarah Epic of Son jara World Literature Co. 1982 Volume I

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