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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Jul 23, Sheik Camara rated it it was amazing Shelves: Published September 28th by Penguin first published Then he journeys back into the world of the white man in order to act as a voice for indigenous peoples. I read this book in my first African studies class. The author’s ability to describe phenomena is remarkable, considering no words can really do justice to what he has experienced.

What I would hope og get out of this kind of book is soirit kind of insight into the traditional culture of the Dagara. Paperbackpages. Here in Europe we have lost it centuries ago and now we are trying to make other loose it, too.

Lists with This Book. Reading this book really expanded my consciousness in a powerful way. Yes, it had rained the night before. Malidoma has a great voice here and while there are some things that I didn’t understand entirely, the author is pretty open in the beginning that some things just can’t be translated to another language because there’s no equivalent.


He is chosen by his elders to teach Westerners how to think wager Africans and act as a kind of ambassador for his culture.

Returning to the Source Chapter He is watee as much a product of French colonial education and western universities as he is of Dagara culture. Malidoma provides the reader with an account of his childhood in tribal West Africa. If you’re like me and had to read this for a class, don’t worry. Jun 23, Andrew Gentile rated it it was amazing.

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

Sep 03, Haneenj rated it it was amazing. I read this book during a college course, and had an amazing experience with it. Highly recommended to any truth-seeker. Sep 15, Adam Shand rated it really liked patrie Shelves: Rainy encounters between heaven and Earth were sexual love on a cosmic scale.

Of Water and the Spirit

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. At four, the author was ‘stolen’ by the local priest, and compelled to live in a Catholic boarding school. Malidoma emerged from this supernatural ritual a newly integrated patrie, rejoined to his ancestral past and his cultural present.

I don’t want it to end. But, to be fair, once he gets going, it is pretty interesting. It was, in short, brainwashing of an intensive and parasitic sort.


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Because of this, he is now a man of two worlds: Journey into the Underworld Chapter It also talks about the individual development of man, the relationship between generations, and the respect of other cultures.

Returning from the Underworld Chapter How one can continue to be enraptured by the chains and limits of religion after reading a book like this is beyond me.

Of Water and the Spirit: There is a conflict between the two ways of life, but more so between two ways of oof. This book was amazing. 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.

This isn’t a light and frothy jaunt through one man’s self-discovery though, it’s full of Malidoma’s pain and confusion as he’s abducted and placed in a barbaric missionary school and seminary.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Oct 05, Dylan Grant rated it it was amazing Shelves: Malidoma says there is. The book highlights how much of our humanity we have cut off from ourselves, and shows us the incredible possibilities for recreating the story of what it means to be conscious beings on this planet.