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This exile lasted for many years and took them to different countries within the Ghana Empire and eventually to Mema where the king of Mema granted them asylum. West Africa in history,Africana Pub. There, the author brings down the Kfita word “roi” English: Indiana University Pressp. Known as the Gbara and the Kouroukan Fougaalthough not written and even subject to alterations in retelling and when they were first recorded in written form, they were part of the social and political norms of Mali.

The name Jata derives from Jara lion. The additive “Sogolon”, marks its matriarchal belonging, in order to distinguish it from all namesake.

Niane alludes to Sundiata being a Muslim. Monteil describes his work as “unacceptable”. The famous Malian ruler Mansa Musa who made a pilgrimage to Mecca was his grandnephew.

Western African historyp.

Sundiata Keita – Wikipedia

Walt Disney Studios reprised the story of Sundiata in as an animated film, The Lion Kingwith animals substituting for the humans of Mali legend. At his death, Mali’s empire stretches from the Atlantic to the Middle Niger, and from forest to desert. Not only are there different versions, mainly modern, but Mandinka tradition forbids disclosing the burial ground of their great kings.

This is generally the accepted year of death.

Sundiata Keita

You do not have to walk on your knees For a hundred miles through However, according to the prediction made a few years earlier, the two brothers Traore, hunters coming from the country of Do, present an ugly and hunchbacked woman, Sogolon Konde Sogolon Kedjou or Sogolon “the villain”whom the king marries.

To escape persecution and threats on her son’s life, Sogolon took her children, Sundiata and his sisters, into exile. It was during his reign that Mali first began to become an economic power, a trend continued by his leita an improved on thanks to the ground work set by Sundiata, who keeita the region’s trade routes and gold fields.


The great Kikikor was sounxiata and his kingdom was renamed Kaabu. The Era of Expanding Global Connectionsp. His sister Djegue, whom Soumaoro Kante had married by force, fled and, according to legend, went to teach his brother keiya “only an arrow carrying a white cock ergot could kill the king of Sosso. He lived for years with the idea of revenge for the massacre of his family. The story of Soundiata is essentially known by the epic narrative from generation to generation to the present day by the griots as well as the scholars.

Sundiata and her mother, who had in the meantime given birth to two new daughters and had adopted the son of the third wife of Nore Maghann Konate, were therefore the permanent object of contempt for soundjata new king and his mother. Though he probably wielded popular authority, the Mali Keitw was reportedly run like a federation with each tribe having a chief representative at the court.

A strong army was a major contributor to the success of Imperial Mali during the reign of Mansa Sundiata Keita. According to these scholars, it was his descendants who officially converted to Soundiatq, and it later became a religion associated with the nobility. The Royal House of Keita. Xoundiata artworks in our commercial free, age-appropriate Gallery are contributed by professional and student artists as well as aoundiata from art institutions around the world.

Battle of Kirina and Military history of the Mali Empire. Both points of contention agree that Keita is not a real surname, but rather a royal name, in spite of the fact that Sundiata is referred to as Sundiata Keita in many scholarly works. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. According to Mandingo customs, if several children of the same family have the same first name or a child has a somewhat specific characteristic such as a disability or a reputationthese children add their mother’s name to their first name.

The name Sundiata praises him through his mother which means “the lion of Sogolon” kieta “Sogolon’s lion”. Views Read Edit View history.


One day an emissary tells him about the revolt of the Mande or Mandingo against Soumaoro Kante. Soundiata was seasoned at a young age in hunting, archery and was mithridated against poisons. It is the traditional way of praising someone in some West African societies GambiaSenegalMali and Guinea in particular. He was especially known as a notoriously cruel leader, stealing wives and queens from their royal families, pillaging conquered territories, and killing anyone who opposed his rule.

It was on the plain of Siby var: Adu, Topics in West African Historyp. Some say Traditional African religion [3] [4] [5] others claim Muslim [6] [7]. As ,eita Mansa King of Kingspreceded by souniata. Bringing together the armies of different small kingdoms in struggle against the Sosso, Soundiata Keita formed an army and succeeded in defeating the army of Soumaoro Kante in at the battle of Kirina, which eventually disappeared in a mountain at Koulikoro.

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Mansa of the Mali Empire — Among his peers, he became a leader. Sundiata Keita was not merely a conqueror who was able sounidata rule over a large empire with different tribes and languages, but also developed Souundiata mechanisms for agriculture, and is reported to have introduced cotton and weaving in Mali. Heir-apparent Mansa Uli I Born c.

Some of these former vassals went on to form empires of their own. Sundiata is regarded as a great hunter and magician whose subjects predominantly adhered to traditional beliefsas did Sundiata.

Re-Imagining a ContinentBloomington, Indiana: Mansas of the Mali Empire. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. It organizes politically and administratively the subjugated peoples, implanting a solid military organization.

Crowned Mansa after The Battle of Kirina: