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Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali, tells the history of Sundiata, founder of the Empire of Mali in the African savanna. The work is based on the knowledge of griots, people who in ancient Africa kept and still today keep a history of kings and kingdoms of Africa by vocal record. The griot, Mamadou Kouyaté, is the primarily resource of the work who retells the history of how the savanna kingdom of Mali became the Empire of Mali as his ancestors pasted down to him. Kouyaté focuses on Sundiata who rose to power from an exiled prince to founder and ruler of the savanna Empire of Mali. Within the text Sundiata rose to power through strong authority, the people’s trust in him, and he ruled with a structure of order, all which is comparable with other…show more content…
Soon after he is exiled from his homeland only to return as a man when an evil sorcerer king named, Soumaoro, conquered Mali and the surrounding lands, which caused Sundiata to return to his homeland to liberate it along with the other lands within Soumaoro’s domain. Sundiata rose to power by becoming a strong ruler who highly valued the religion in the savanna region that helped him gain the trust and respect of the peoples of the savanna region. By demonstrating his devotion of the region’s faith, which was Islam integrated with African paganism, ancestor spirit beliefs and sorcery, through actions of faith. One that Sundiata did was under the advice of soothsayers, a class that was seen as a type of priest in this region’s faith, “On their advice Djata had to sacrifice a hundred white bulls, a hundred white rams and a hundred white cocks.” By following the advice of the soothsayers he demonstrates a strong faith that the people’s region relate to which allows them to place their trust in him. Another example of how gains the trust of the people is when he wears Muslim clothing during the important event meeting, “Sundiata had put on robes such as are worn by a great Muslim king.” Sundiata shows his greatness as well as his faith in Islam, by wearing these great robes “worn by a Muslim king” during the meeting of the formation of the Mali Empire. Present at the meeting…show more content…
As Charlemagne did the same through the people’s faith of Catholic Christianity through gifts of wealth he showed himself to be a strong ruler, then he gained the authority through the title bestowed on him by Pope Leo III that allowed people to see him fit to rule. Structure established a structure of order that allowed him to rule uncontested among the kings he ruled over and the people as well. Prince Shotoku Taishi also creates a system of order though the, “The Seventeen Article Constitution”, to help the royal family in laying order and control in Japan. As shown, Sundiata’s empire building is comparable to other empires within the 6th -13th century as Sundiata and other rulers of Empires strived for common goals in their own adventures in building a great

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