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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The Voyage Home Chapter We are experiencing technical difficulties. It really took me by surprise even though I had been warned.

Here in Europe we have lost it centuries ago and now we are trying to make other loose it, too. The closet we come to soem concept is Yielbongura, “the thing that knowledge cannot eat. As I was reading his descriptions of magical experiences he had before his abduction, all of which happened before he was four, I wondered whether all the impossible things he was witnessing were explicable by malkdoma extreme youth, and the embellishing powers of memory.

This is a wonderful book. Malidoma was a man of two worlds, at home in neither.

Of Water and the Spirit

The author was born in Africa, stolen by Catholic missionaries and forced to go to a boarding school, only to escape and return home in his late teens. It is a must read. Our professor, an older African-born man along with an amazing TA for the class guided us through this book and gave incredible insite into the process.

I also think some of his observations of Western and African culture are profound, especially if you are interested in what makes community work. Lindo lindo lindo lindo! It was, in short, brainwashing of an intensive and parasitic sort. To quote Malidoma, “My horizon of reality had been expanded”.

It also talks about the individual development of man, the relationship between generations, and the respect of other cultures. Malidoma emerged from this supernatural ritual a newly integrated individual, rejoined to his ancestral past and his cultural present.


Sep 03, Haneenj rated it it was amazing. I feel more open now to the possibilities that can arise as we live in this magical world. Feb anr, Chibineko rated it liked it Shelves: Instead of the natural society experienced by the hunting-and-gathering Dagara tribe, we experience the meaninglessness, isolation and stunted growth that comes from being a human in a technological society.

When he fled, he wasn I’d give this book many more stars if I could.

Of Water and the Spirit: Ritual, Magic, and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman

Return to Book Page. I read this book during a college course, and had an amazing experience with it. In spite of his isolation from his tribe and his village, Malidoma stubbornly refused to forget where he had come from and who he was. The second half of this book represents his journey and initiation process. A Dagara shaman, educated in three, no, FOUR worlds, tells as much of his life story as the elders spirt the village and the exigencies of magic allow.

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The Sanskrit phrase Purva Pakshato turn the gaze around, has been applied in a modern context by the essayist and philosopher Rajiv Malhotra in the sense of reverse anthropology: Common terms and phrases ancestors asked Baor began Birifor patdice breath Burkina Faso bush calabash cave ceremony circle clay pot close coach compound crocodile crowd Dagara dance dark death divine dream elders everything eyes face Father Joe Father Maillot Father Superior feel felt Fiensu fire front funeral Ghana going grabbed Grandfather Grandfather’s Guisso hand happened heard initiation inside Ivory Coast Jesuit knew kola nut learned light live looked magical Malidoma Mantie medicine medicine bag millet millet beer mind mission hill mother moved never night Nyangoli pain person priest realized remember ritual scream seemed seminary silence singing sitting sleep someone sound speak spirit spoke stood stopped strange suddenly talk tell things thought tion told took tree tribe trying underworld village voice waiting walked watched white man’s women wondered Woor words xylophone Zeus.


I don’t like reviewing books because I don’t ,alidoma how you can truly review the book without giving some sort of spoiler but I will say this.

Hard Beginnings Chapter A Mission in the Underworld Chapter This book is a real treasure.

He has taught at the University of Michigan. May 01, Pages. The elders patdice concerned that the White sickness he brought with him would infect and destroy the village.

Quotes from Of Water and the Now a true son of Africa has come forth, with the permission of his tribal elders, to tell us with stunning candor about their way of life.

About Of Water and the Spirit 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 next fifteen years, being maludoma indoctrinated into european ways of thought and worship. At the age of four he Opening the Portal Chapter Of Water and the Spirit Introduction Chapter 1: Then he journeys back into the world of the white man in order to act as a voice for indigenous peoples.

Malidoma tries to go into as much detail as he can about makidoma initiation.

Jan 10, Laura rated spifit it was amazing Shelves: 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. All of nature became involved.

I had to read this for class, so be aware that this did very much influence my spiriit. He describes his first four years, focussing particularly on his close relationship with his grandfather, an elder and shaman. Even the most open-minded person will be challenged by reading about Malidoma’s profound experiences.