The Ginn in Sundiata

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  • Topic: Sundiata Keita, Mali Empire, Religion
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Mankind has always needed someone or something to believe in, a force that can protect them, a being they can glorify for blessings. That being mankind has chosen to direct their energy, faith, trust, and love has mostly been called a God. In every continent, in different centuries in history, from culture to culture, through the various religions that exist you can always find a God that people worship. In Sundiata, an Epic of Old Mali, the jinn closely represents and has the characteristics that can be categorized as a God. I will discuss these characteristics that can lead one to believe that the jinn is a God as well as discussing some of the differences the jinn and Gods share. In Sundiata, an Epic of Old Mali, the jinn is introduced to the readers as a being that closely represents a God.  The jinn is shown to be an unseen protective force that the kings can turn to for protection, strength, and confidence.  Kita Mansa, the king of Kita, feels strong and protected when he denies Sundiata’s demands to surrender.  Kita Mansa “vainglorious in the protection of the mountain jinn” decided he would put up a fight against Sundiata as opposed to surrendering.  In Greek mythology, people believed that the Gods would protect them and defend them in battles and wars.  This is a similarity that both Gods and the jinn share; a belief that people will be protected by this higher power; which in Kita Mansa’s case is the jinn. He believed that he was in the jinn would act in his favor and protect him against Sundiata during this battle. Unfortunately for him, he was wrong. In various cultures, men and women have been known to make sacrifices to the Gods to bring water during droughts, food during famine, protection during war, and other such request.  We see Sundiata do so as well. He makes sacrifices to the jinn.  He sacrificed one hundred bulls, one hundred rams, and one hundred cocks to thank the jinn for the protection and victory over Kita Mansa. This is another...
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