Son Jara Essay

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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. The Berete woman banishes Son-Jara with his mother and 2 siblings (sister Sugulun Kulukan, who later helped defeat Sumamuru by becoming his mistress and learning the magic that could defeat him; also brother Manden Bukari).
Wherever Son-Jara and family go, they are thrown out. They go to the nine Queens-of- Darkness, which include Nakana Taliba.
Dankaran Tuman becomes Manding king; he tries to placate a powerful enemy, Sulu king Sumamuru (who becomes chief antagonist for Son-Jara) by sending his first-born daughter, Caress-of-Hot-Fire to be one of Sumamuru's wives. Also, Tuman sends Doka the...

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