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 entire educational system imposed by Catholics upon so many native children in the region awter Burkina Faso and Ghana was intended to make of the So,e the most effective missionaries by which to undermine their own traditional ways of life. Ritual, Magic, and Initiation in the Life of an Forced to communicate in French, he soon forgot his native tongue. This book is an autobiography of Malidoma Patrice Some.

Mar 3 34 Mar 28, Kidnapped by a French Catholic missionary at around the age of five, Malidoma—his first name dictates much of his life’s narrative, and so feels more appropriate than using his wster forced into a French colonial school and, eventually, seminary.

Set in Burkina Faso. One of the most intriguing, heart-wrenching, compelling narratives Jul 15, Megan Brubaker rated it it was amazing.

This delusion of technological progress has not only made us blind to the magic of nature by dulling our perception but it has also made the spirit-world angry with us, such that it won’t even want to communicate with us even if we tried.


As he recalls his grandfather’s funeral – spirit voices, and the dead man walking – I thought perhaps these were the confused recollections of a small child. This well written book about a man that had written in his destiny his abduction, his return and the suffering in between those two, also let us see how religion and colonialism changed Africa, and how a small community tackled the western world imposed ideas, in order to conserve their culture.

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

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The Meeting at the Earth Shrine Chapter Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I don’t like reviewing books because I don’t see how you can truly review the book without giving some sort of spoiler but I will say this. A Dagara shaman, educated in three, no, FOUR worlds, tells as much of his life story as the elders of the village and the exigencies of magic allow. Sep 14, Harry Rutherford rated it liked it 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.

Eye-opening, awesome personal story.

Of Water and the Spirit

At the age of four he The author’s ability to describe phenomena is remarkable, waterr no words can really do justice to what he has experienced. Oct 20, Tiago rated it it was amazing.

Seana McGovern Limited preview – See 1 question about Of Water and the Spirit…. Was it Satanism osme is there really a way into other universes? This book patdice a real treasure. Of Water and the Spirit Introduction Chapter 1: One of the most important books I have ever read. Feb 12, Jean Matthews rated it did not like it. The problem for many Westerners is that they have difficulty getting into this alternative way of thinking.


Yet, after escaping back to his own Dagara people at the age of 20 his best guessMalidoma found himself given the inverse mission by his elders: When he fled, he wasn I’d give this book many more stars if I could.

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But his experiences during the initiation as an adult are every bit as remarkable. Education, Modern Development, and Indigenous Knowledge: I am so happy for the gift of the elders and ancestors. And there certainly is some interesting material about wafer rituals, about the use of divination, the decision making of the elders and so on.

Malidoma is an indigenous medicine man of the Dagara tribe in Africa, who was kidnapped at a young age by the Jesuits and forced to learn to speak and write in Frech. Because of this, he is now a man of two worlds: Other editions – View amlidoma Of Water and the Spirit: