|The Monomyth: Elixir
The object, knowledge, or blessing that
the hero acquired during the adventure is now put to use in the everyday
world. Often it has a restorative or healing function, but it also serves
to define the hero's role in the society.
With Sumanguru defeated, all the tribes are free from their long bondage.
After a year, Sunjata holds a great assembly of kings and princes at Niani.
They all pay homage to the great Sunjata for restoring their lands and
making the world a safer more prosperous place.
When his family witnesses his transformation into the great white bird,
they are overwhelmed with emotion and awe and sing four songs. Thereafter,
according to the myth, these songs were sung at the funerals of all the
Japanese emperors. Yamato Takeru not only subdued the mortal enemies of
Yamato and many vengeful deities, his death becomes the mythic source of
important imperial burial rites (the building of the burial mound, crawling
around the grave in grief, etc.) and the inspiration behind the songs performed
at all subsequent imperial funerals.