Roots: The Saga of an American Family Chapter 3 Summary

Alex Haley

Chapter 3 Summary

Kunta Kinte is now three years old, and the years pass as they always do, with the "lean season" preceding the rains. It is in this lean season that the villagers of Juffure always fear they will starve. Countless prayers are said to Allah. The women start mixing their rice and couscous with baobab leaves. A few goats, the lifeblood of the tribe, are even killed as a sacrifice to Allah to ask for mercy. However, as they always do, the winds begin to blow and the rains come. The men hoe their rows in straight lines, preparing for seeds.

It is at this very time that the women arrive dressed in the traditional leaf-adorned fertility garments and attend to their men in the fields. They walk behind their men and drop a seed...

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