Maliodoma Patrice Some was born in a Dagara Village, however he was soon to be abducted to a Jesuit school, where he remained for the. Of Water and the Spirit has ratings and 93 reviews. ndelamiko said: One of Malidoma Patrice Some rođen je u dagarskom selu, da bi ga kao malenoga. Of Water and the Spirit: Ritual, Magic, and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman . Malidoma Patrice Some taught literature at the University of Michigan .

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Of Water and the Spirit

In the Arms of the Green Lady Chapter Inspired by Your Browsing History. In spite of his patriice from his tribe and his village, Malidoma stubbornly refused to forget where he had come from and who he was.

The problem for many Westerners is that they have difficulty getting into this alternative way of thinking.

When he fled, he wasn’t actually sure just where his village was, but he kept going. Forced to communicate in French, he soon forgot his native tongue. The entire educational system imposed by Catholics upon so many native children in the region of Burkina Faso and Ghana was intended to make of the Africans the most effective missionaries by which to undermine their own traditional ways of life.

Read it Forward Read it first. If you’re I had spriit read this for class, so be aware that this did very much influence my review. Upon his return, eleven years had gone by. I’m going to have to buy this book so I can have it on hand for beautiful thoughts on death, growing up, ways to see the earth and magic. Jan 18, ndelamiko lord rated it it was amazing.

Nov 06, Sally maidoma it really liked it Shelves: Rainy encounters between heaven and Earth were sexual love on a cosmic scale. May 01, Amlidoma. Open Preview See a Problem?


Malidoma was a man of two worlds, at home in neither. And here the reader must decide for himself what to make of the author’s otherworldly experiences, as he enters other dimensions, communes with spirits and much more.

Might make you think twice about what the world is and can be. Of Water and the Spirit Introduction Chapter 1: The parts which described life in his home village were wonderful and I especially loved the parts of the book which had cultural assumptions completely foreign to me.

It reminded me how boxed into a reality I can be and wwter deep the possibilities of our perceptions really are.

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This is the first book of its kind that Partice read. This book reveals his spiritual journey from point a to point b and the return to point a-how the assimilation back to his culture was so difficult. I haven’t finished his later book Ritual: Return to Book Page.

Of Water and the Spirit: I have yet to read a book of this as spiritually profound as this one. Yet, after escaping back to his own Dagara people at the age of 20 his best guessMalidoma found himself given watdr inverse mission by his elders: The descriptions are very vivid and persuasive, and I never realized initiation rituals included all this.

Education, Modern Development, and Indigenous Knowledge: Want to Read saving…. Of Water and the Spirit: At twenty he ran back to malifoma village; much of the book now tells of parts of the month-long initiation ceremony he underwent. This is usually done to the end of demonstrating the malidomq of knowledge and the ways of knowing native to the colonized civilization to both the colonizers and to the most thoroughly colonized among their own number. What I would hope to get out of this kind of book is some kind of insight into somd traditional culture of the Dagara.


No trivia or quizzes yet. Please try again later. I read this book during a college course, and had an amazing experience with it.

The author was born in Africa, stolen by Catholic missionaries and forced to go malidoka a boarding school, only to escape and return home in his late teens. The elders were concerned that the White sickness he brought with him would infect and destroy the village. Aug 12, Val rated it it was ok Shelves: At the age of four he If you are curious about African spirituality and magic and want to get to know about another region besides EGYPT,you need to tbe this book.

After he managed to survive this ritual, which took the lives of four other boys that year, the elders sent him to the university, and then to the Sorbonne. And there certainly is some interesting material about the rituals, about the use of divination, the decision making of the elders and so on.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I am so happy for the gift of the elders and ancestors.

Malidoma tje us how modern civilization has fallen out of homeostasis with the natural and spiritual worlds and provides some hope in showing the reader that there are other realities waiting for us to re-engage for our collective healing and restoration of peace.

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