The Question and Answer section for Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
The other children avoid Mari Djata because he's different. Unable to walk.... he crawls. He also has an unusually large head and strange eyes.
After hearing about Sassouma Bérété's insult, Mari Djata tells his mother, "Cheer up…I am going to walk today."
What prompted Sundiata to return to Mali?