Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sunjata Epic: The Vistor

Maghan Kon Fatta, was king of Mali. He was known to be handsome and strong. One day a hunter appears bringing the King some of his kill, because this was the custom. As they visited he poured about a bag of cowrie shells to tell the King his future. The hunter told him that he would have a son, who would be a great king. He would rule over a vast and great empire. He told him the son had not yet been born, nor had he met his wife. The Hunter told him that the mother of this child would be hideous in appearance. with a disfiguring hump on her back. The hunter closed his bag and left. The King and his Griot never forgot his prophetic words. Several years passed and as the King held court two hunters appeared with a veiled maiden behind them. The men were carrying shining silver bows on their back. The hunters bowed before the King. They were sons of Traore' and belonged to Mali. They offered the veiled maiden as a gift to Maghan, deeming her worthy to be his wife. Even though she was veiled they saw she had strong arms and legs, and them they noticed the hump on her back. Maghan turned to his griot and stared for a long time.

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