By Fritz H. Pointer
An incredible severe version and English translation of this significant African epic fable.
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Additional info for African Oral Epic Poetry: Praising the Deeds of a Mythic Hero
The Epic ofKambili is a success story; an account ofhow a good hero defeats evil men. ambili would: with their backward ways, their fraudulent arts, their impotent promises, their lack of tact or restraint, decivilize the Mandinka, Jimini, Africa Like the reader of The Odyssey, one who listens to or reads The Epic of Kambili is quickly impressed by the similar thematic role of the suitors, in the case of the former and the 22 sorcerers and "holy-men" in the latter. The suitors like the hypocritical holy men attempt to personify powers they are incapable of proving.
Eve, now a symbol ofall women; certainly those who know and identify with this story, is told by same male deity that she will desire her husband and he will rule over her. " As a result, it was decreed by the male deity that woman must submit to the dominance of man (xii). Merlin Stone adds: In prehistoric and early historic periods of human development, religions existed in which people revered their supreme creator as female. The Great Goddess-the Divine Ancestress-had been worshipped from the beginnings of the Neolithic periods of7000 BC until the 13 closing of the last Goddess temples, about AD 500 ....
If a soothsayer fails in the task, he is immediately beheaded by the order of Samori Toure, Kanji's general and ruler of the land. One of these soothsayers is Merikoro, head of the powerful Komo (blacksmith cult-group), which is the ultimate mystical power in traditional Mandinka society. Beheading such a man would be unthinkable; so, though Nerikoro fails to solve the child dilemma, he goes scotfree. Here is how the bard introduces the character Nerikoro into the story: Nerikoro, the Komo man has come!
African Oral Epic Poetry: Praising the Deeds of a Mythic Hero by Fritz H. Pointer