The heroic legends decribed the following, re-create the occasions and annals of the dominion of Segu and of the Bambara tribe that shaped a chain of vital city-states alongside the Niger River throughout the seventeenth century. The deeds of kings, the exploits of warriors, the sorcery of magicians, and battles opposed to invaders are one of the matters addressed. The tales, transmitted orally, have been narrated by means of the djeli, conventional keepers of the heritage of ruling households of the kingdoms that when flourished within the Western Sudan. They converse of valour, honour, intrigues and rivalries among robust chiefs; additionally they contain a few reactions to the colonial encounters.
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