posted on Jun, 16 2013 @ 05:22 AM
The tale of Bida the Black Snake
This is another tale from ancient Ghana or Ouagadougou some time spelled Wagadugu this may have an allusion to a drought that helped ushered in the
final collapse of the Empire, they had been fighting off the Almoravids who were carving out an empire that stretched from the Senegal river to
Iberia although that venture failed they non the least had to deal with a sever drought now understand these were not a people of the book and
although they traded with Muslims the Kings had very little interest in their religion although some of it's people were already Muslims,the
combination of war and drought drew the attention of the Malian up start who succeeded where the Almorivids failed. It is known that like other non
people of the book they had human sacrifice as a matter of fact it would be reminiscent of story of Perseus vs the Kraken or the Hydra whose king
sacrificed beautiful young virgins to ward off his wrath or even the story of king Kong same basic theme.
King Tenkamenin Of Ghana 1037-1075
Oral tradition in the legend of Wagadu says that after Cisse's death, his two sons, Khine and Dyabe, disagreed about who would become the successor.
They fought and Khine won the battle. Dyabe, humiliated, made an accord with a black snake with seven heads named Bida. Dyabe promised to sacrifice a
virgin to the snake once every year in return for victory over his brother. He fulfilled his promise to Bida until his death. The wealth of Ghana is
depicted by this story, as the Soninke believe that there were rains of gold due to the annual virgin girl sacrifice to the black snake. Another
clarification to the prosperity of the empire was its gold mines located in Kumbi Saleh, the imperial capital. This place became an important
commercial centre. The existence of camels facilitated the transport of gold and other products, such as slaves, salt and copper, textiles, beads, and
finished goods, with the rest of the world.
The King adorns himself like a woman wearing necklaces round his neck and bracelets on his forearms and he puts on a high cap decorated with gold and
wrapped in a turban of fine cotton. He holds an audience in a domed pavilion around which stand ten horses covered with gold-embroidered
materials…and on his right, are the sons of the vassal kings of his country, wearing splendid garments and their hair plaited with gold.At the door
of the pavilion are dogs of excellent pedigree. Round their necks they wear collars of gold and silver, studded with a number of balls of the same
For the Soninke people, the decline of their empire was due to the legend of Wagadu, and the rupture of the pact between the empire and the black
snake. This happened after the nobles chose Siya Yatabare as the annual sacrifice. She was the most beautiful and “cleanest” virgin girl in that
year, but she was also engaged to be married. Her fiancé, Maadi, was the son of Djamere Soukhounou whose unique quality was that he always did what
he promised. When Maadi was told him what would happen, that his fiancée would be given to “Bida” - the black snake of Wagadu, he promised Siya
that she would not die in the well of Wagadu. Siya tried to convince him that it is her destiny, that he should let her to be the gift to the snake in
order to save the Empire, but Maadi refused. Within days, he asked his friend, the blacksmith of his village named Bomou, to sharpen his saber. When
the day came, Maadi set on his way in the direction of the well of Wagadu. Siya Yatabare was well dressed and her hairstyle was in plaited with gold.
The praise-singer encouraged her, as did her family. When they left, she saw Maadi and they both fell in tears. Siya told him that if he killed the
snake, Wagadu would not have any more rain and the empire would be destroyed forever. Maadi refused, saying their destinies are ratified. He left her
and hid himself nearby to wait for the snake.
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