Sundiata

Maghan Kon Fatta Character Analysis

Sundiata's father, husband to Sassouma, Sogolon, and Namandjé. Maghan Kon Fatta is described as very handsome and a good king. He often sits with his court and his griot, Gnankouman Doua, under the large silk-cotton tree in Niani and listens to stories. He places a great deal of importance in the hunter's prophecy regarding Sundiata, although Maghan is often impatient to see proof that the prophecy will come to fruition.

Maghan Kon Fatta Quotes in Sundiata

The Sundiata quotes below are all either spoken by Maghan Kon Fatta or refer to Maghan Kon Fatta. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Pearson Longman edition of Sundiata published in 2006.
The Buffalo Woman Quotes

The silk-cotton tree springs from a tiny seed—that which defies the tempest weighs in its germ no more than a grain of rice. Kingdoms are like trees; some will be silk-cotton trees, others will remain dwarf palms and the powerful silk-cotton tree will cover them with its shade.

Related Symbols: Trees, Seeds, and Growing
Page Number: 5
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The child will be the seventh star, the seventh conqueror of the earth. He will be more mighty than Alexander.

Page Number: 6
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Soothsayers see far ahead, their words are not always for the immediate present; man is in a hurry but time is tardy and everything has its season.

Page Number: 6
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Childhood Quotes

The child, as if he had understood the whole meaning of the king's words, beckoned Balla Fasséké to approach. He made room for him on the hide he was sitting on and then said, “Balla, you will be my griot.”

Page Number: 15
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Maghan Kon Fatta Character Timeline in Sundiata

The timeline below shows where the character Maghan Kon Fatta appears in Sundiata. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The First Kings of Mali
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...a formidable army. He conquered a great amount of land. This family line resulted in Maghan Kon Fatta, Sundiata's father. Maghan Kon Fatta had three wives: Sassouma Bérété, Sogolon Kedjou, and... (full context)
The Buffalo Woman
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Maghan Kon Fatta is known for being incredibly handsome and a good king. In his capital... (full context)
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...the hunter is left-handed, which is a desirable trait in soothsayers. The hunter suddenly addresses Maghan Kon Fatta and says that the world is mysterious, and the silk-cotton tree grows from... (full context)
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The hunter tells Maghan Kon Fatta that his successor isn't born yet. He says that two hunters are traveling... (full context)
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Maghan Kon Fatta and Gnankouman Doua never forget the hunter's words, because soothsayers see far into... (full context)
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Maghan Kon Fatta and his courtiers try to look at the girl, but her face is... (full context)
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Maghan Kon Fatta decides to marry Sogolon with all the usual customs so the resulting son... (full context)
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...entire city wants to see her, but they hear nothing but rumors from Sassouma Bérété, Maghan's first wife. On the day of the wedding, drums beat at dawn and griots sing... (full context)
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Maghan Kon Fatta sits in front of the palace and listens to drums and Gnankouman Doua... (full context)
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...to possess her," and explains that Oulamba and Oulani couldn't possess her. Gifting her to Maghan Kon Fatta was an afterthought. That night, Maghan attempts to have sex with Sogolon, but... (full context)
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This goes on for a week. Maghan Kon Fatta consults sorcerers, but none of their tricks work. One night, when Sogolon is... (full context)
The Lion Child
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...moves through the king's enclosure freely, and people have become accustomed to her ugliness. Sassouma, Maghan’s first wife, becomes unbearable, since she’s jealous of Sogolon's pregnancy and of Maghan’s preference for... (full context)
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When Sogolon goes into labor, Maghan Kon Fatta calls nine great midwives to attend to her. He acts anxious, as though... (full context)
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Maghan stands as though in a daze, and Gnankouman Doua signals to slaves to start the... (full context)
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Eight days later, the infant is named. Sogolon rests inside while Maghan addresses a crowd. He says that the boy will be named Maghan Mari Djata. Griots... (full context)
Childhood
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...already runs and practices archery. Whenever Sogolon passes Sassouma's house, Sassouma underhandedly insults Mari Djata. Maghan begins to lose hope, despite Doua's constant reminder of the prophecy. Sogolon soon gives birth... (full context)
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Maghan is perplexed, but Doua continues to remind Maghan of the prophecy. He says that the... (full context)
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...however, continues to gossip about Mari Djata. He's now seven years old and still crawls. Maghan is quite old and feels close to death, so one day he calls Mari Djata... (full context)
The Lion's Awakening
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Maghan Kon Fatta dies soon after giving Balla Fasséké to Mari Djata. The council of elders... (full context)
The Baobab Leaves
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...from the market. Kolonkan returns with the merchants and Sogolon recognizes them as members of Maghan Kon Fatta's court. Mandjan Bérété, Sassouma's brother, explains that they left Mali two months ago... (full context)