Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface and Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xii

THE EPIC OF KELEFAA SAANE is part of the repertoire that maintains the memory of a legendary warrior prince of Kaabu, a kingdom in the Senegambian area of West Africa, in the nineteenth century. He helped rally the Mandinka people to defend their region against the threat of an invasion. Today, the Mandinka jal

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Introduction

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pp. xiii-xxxii

The Mandinka griot, known locally as jali, sees himself as the keeper of values that are deeply rooted in the oral traditions of the Senegambian peoples, including the Fulani, the Soninke, and the Wolof. These peoples share a vast region and many cultural traditions with other societies. The bards convey those values in the epics of the ancient Soninke ...

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Note on Spelling and Pronunciation

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pp. xxxiii-xxxiv

I have to a large extent followed the spelling conventions adapted by the Centre de Linguistique Appliqu

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THE EPIC

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pp. 2-164

Balaamaη! tenkiliη ηanaa a niη kànnii waali Saarafaa Ñaaliη Jeenuη Boobóo Tumóo niη Boobóo Senkuη Pacaananka Dàllaa Jeenuη Pacaananka tenkiliη sóólaa Tenkiliη ηanaa a niη kànnii waali Yoobaa! Jumaa le be ñiη kooraa kosóo la? ...

Annotations to the Mandinka Text

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pp. 165-178

Bibliography

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pp. 179-180

Index

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pp. 181-185