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Title: Djinns, Stars and Warriors
Subtitle: Mandinka Legends from Pakao, Senegal
Written By: M. Schaffer
URL: http://www.brill.nl/default.aspx?partid=10&pid=11534
Series Title: African Sources for African History
Description:

This book contains some of the finest examples of Mandinka oral traditions
ever published, both in English and the original Mandinka, along with a
chapter of Mandinka Arabic script texts translated into English. As a
complement to the author's ethnography of the Mandinka published in
1980/1987, this book presents legends about jihad leaders, witchcraft,
local Islam, cosmology, the founding of villages, great leaders among
women, notable social institutions and other significant people and places.
The Pakao country of southern Senegal developed into a West African center
of pilgrimage. This book reveals the linguistic richness of Mandinka as an
African literature in its own right and contributes to broader Mande
studies. Since Mandinka figured prominently in the trans-Atlantic slave
trade, this book also lays a basis for future work by the author on a
cultural legacy of Mandinka in the New World.

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Brill
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Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Mandinka

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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9004131248
ISBN-13: 9789004131248
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