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Title:Mande mansa: essays in honor of David C. Conrad
Editors:Belcher, StephenISNI
Jansen, JanISNI
N'Daou, MohamedISNI
Series:Mande worlds
City of publisher:Münster
Publisher:Lit Verlag
ISBN:9783825813185; 9783037359044
Geographic terms:West Africa
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About person:David C. ConradISNI
Abstract:David C. Conrad was president of MANSA (Mande Studies Association) from its foundation in 1986 to 2008. He has often jokingly been alluded to as the MANSA 'mansa', the 'king' of MANSA. In 2008 he retired from this position and a collection of twenty-two contributions have been put together in his honour. The papers cover a number of topics and describe the Mande in a number of countries in West Africa. Among the subjects discussed are the puppet masquerades in Kirango, Mali (Mary Jo Arnoldi, Elisabeth den Otter), the Conde family in the Sankaran region of Guinea (Laura Arntson), the problem of the Mande creation myth (Ralph A. Austen), archaeology in Mali (Rogier M.A. Bedaux, Annette M. Schmidt), the textualization of the 'Charte de Kouroukan Fougan' (Stephen Belcher), popular musicians in the battle gainst AIDS in Mali (Louise M. Bourgault), a praise song in Mande for Conrad, a.k.a. Daouda Konde (Brahima Camara), themes of migration in Mande history (Mamdou Diawara), anecdotes about the life of Nansa Doumbia, a female blacksmith-potter of Kangaba, Mali (Barbara E. Frank), leadership in Mande in a Guinean text of the Sunjata epic (Nicholas S. Hopkins), trade links between Freetown (Sierra Leone) and the Mande heartland (Allen M. Howard, David E. Skinner), postage stamps in Mali (Jan Jansen), Mande hunters' spells collected in Mali and Guinea (Agnes Kedzierska-Manzon), an imagined telephone conversation with David Conrad (Roderick J. McIntosh), the late Tayiru Banbera, Malian specialist in the epic of 'Bamana Segu' (Paulo F. de Moraes Farias), Djibril Tamsir Niane and the 'Sundiata Keita' epic of old Mali (Mohamed Saidou N'Daou), the terminology of the Mande world (Mamadou Lamine Sanogo), the concepts of 'faso' ('nation' or 'homeland') and 'jamana' ('State', 'political community') in Malian political discourse (Brandon County, Ryan Skinner), the Dogon 'Baja Ni' (Walter E.A. van Beek), and Maninka honorific vocabulary (Guinea) (Valentin Vydrin). The book concludes with a full bibliography of the works of David C. Conrad. [ASC Leiden abstract]