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Destiny and Fate Destiny or fate is a very curious thing In this book we can see the enormous effects that fate can have on a person or a group All throughout Sundiata an Epic of Old Mali the pangs of fate ring true When writing a book like this or even by reading it one will always know the fate or outcome of the hero It is interesting that the reader keeps reading even though the outcome is evident This perhaps illustrates how Maghan Kon Fatta Sogolon Sundiata and his followers perhaps felt The reader knows whats going to happen but he reads on These people knew what was going to happen so they kept on with their plight Sometimes they strayed or questioned the destiny that had been laid out before them but they carried on nonetheless The griots tell the story of Sundiata the Lion King The young cripple grows up to be the most talked about and loved king in all of Malis history DT Niane writes this story that has been passed onto him for generations The theme of destiny and fate plays a large role in the course of events in this old epic from Africa His role as king exile and victorious return to the homeland are all controlled by fates effects in his life Even before Sundiatas birth a hunter-traveler tells of a great king that will unite all of Mali The traveler prophesies that the powerful heir to the throne would be born from a foreign ugly woman The tales of greatness impressed the king of Mali enough that he trusted what the hunter had said to him After Sundiatas birth huge obstacles were not enough to stop his continuos path to the throne After he was born there seemed to be doubts of his greatness Being crippled in a society where physical skills were highly valued
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