Les mémoires de Maalaŋ Galisa sur le royaume confédéré du Kaabu

2017-03-13T14:38:16Z (GMT) by Cornelia Giesing Denis Creissels

Edition of a recital in Mandinka by Maalaŋ Galisa (October 1988) on the political constitution and living conditions in Kaabu, a territory situated between present Gambia, Senegal and Guinea-Bissau, known since the 16th century, definitely destroyed 1867 A.D. The narrative presents a bunch of topics covering governance, codes of conduct of warriors, clerics, slaves and 'strangers', rules of slavery, marriage and succession, the cohabitation of different religions, relations of age and gender.

This text is distinctive from others focussing on a single founder-patriarch, Tiramakan of the Epic of Sunjata. Galisa focuses on South-eastern Kaabu, bordering on the region of Labé (Guinea). He adds local colours to the Mandiŋ model, depicting powerful women and violent conflicts resulting from injustice.