Although his mother is not always a royal virgin, she is (1) a special prize for slaying the Buffalo of Du and has special occult powers. His father is (2) king and often a descendant of the Prophet Muhammed. Several bizarre incidents (4) surround his conception and attempts (6) are made to kill him in infancy or early childhood. As a young man he is (7) sent away in exile but eventually (10) returns home to defeat (11) his antagonist Sumamuru. He becomes (13) king of the Manden and prescribes laws (15) His death (18) is so sacred that it is never described and he has (22) a holy sepulchre in the town of Niani.

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