East Africa (Swahili)

Oral tradition: 9th-13th century CE
First transcribed: c. 13th century CE
The Epic of Liyongo by Muhammad Bin Bakari Kijumwa: 1913

The Epic of Liyongo

Introduction commissioned.








African Archer. Statue photographed by Polanri (Schaerbeek, Belgium). Source: polanri.com.

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Works Cited



Mbele, Joseph L. “The Identity of the Hero in the Liongo Epic.” Research in African Literatures, Vol. 17, No. 4, Special Issue on Swahili Verbal Arts (Winter, 1986), pp. 464-473.

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The Legend of Liyongo