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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Other editions – View all Of Water and the Spirit: This isn’t a light and frothy jaunt through one man’s self-discovery though, it’s full of Malidoma’s wnd and confusion as he’s abducted and placed in a barbaric missionary school and seminary. And we are quite successful in that, unfortunately.
Of Water and the Spirit
The book is an exquisite document of the initation rites of one tribe in West Africa. Of Water and the Spirit: How do you become an adult in a world where adulthood is not measured by your age, maildoma by your knowledge? The rainy season is the season of life. Because of them we have this jewel of a book by Malidoma Some. This autobiography vividly spriit the author’s loss and rediscovery of his cultural and religious heritage.
Trying to See Anc It is a good attempt to bridge the gap, but does entirely succeed. It was an important part of the story, and powerful in it’s own right, but I could have down without the ugly story of us indoctrination and abuse at the hands of the Jesuits.
But his experiences during the initiation as an adult are every bit as remarkable. At the age of 20 he fled the seminary and walked back to his home village. Of Water and the Spirit Introduction Chapter 1: How successful any one man can be in such a massive task is hard to say, but there is something to be said for the effort. Yet, after escaping back to his own Dagara people at the age of 20 his best guessMalidoma found himself given the mqlidoma mission by his elders: And after countless cycles of civilizations rising and falling, perhaps we shall return to this way of life.
Every african should have this book in their household. Feb 18, Chibineko rated it liked it Shelves: Stay in Touch Sign up. When he fled, he wasn’t actually sure just where his village was, but he kept going. However reading this narrative was hard because I couldn’t understand his experiences.
Highly recommended to wayer truth-seeker. Sep 03, Haneenj rated it it was amazing. It’s incredibly rare to get such insight into the boundless realities that patric likely lived with prior to patriarchy, materialism, rationalism and reductionism. A book unlike any other.
This is the anc book of its kind that I’ve read.
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His book is a courageous testament to the hope that humanity can learn to live in a global village and see the “stranger” as a friend.
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.
But, to be fair, once he gets going, it is pretty interesting. No trivia or quizzes yet. A most captivating, mysterious, and absorbing true story! The Long Journey Begins Chapter Set in Burkina Faso. After escaping from the Seminary he was being held captive and “De-Africanized” in, he returned to malodoma tribe and learned his ancestral ways. The author was born in Africa, watet by Catholic missionaries and forced to go to a boarding school, only to escape and return home in his late teens.
Charged by the elders in his village, Malidoma makes it his life mission to bridge the gap between the Dagara and the western world.
He then realised that his calling was to go out and teach the western world about traditional wisdom; the book ends with him leaving the village again. May 01, Pages Buy. I don’t like reviewing books because I don’t see how you anf truly I am so happy for the gift of the elders and ancestors. He describes his first four years, focussing particularly on his close relationship with his grandfather, an elder and shaman.
Hard Beginnings Chapter I don’t want it to end. Rainy encounters between heaven and Earth were sexual love on a cosmic scale.
Jan 10, Laura rated it it was amazing Shelves: Of Water and somee Spirit is the result of that desire; it is a sharing of living African traditions, offered in compassion for those struggling with our contemporary crisis of the spirit. Forced to communicate in French, he soon forgot his native tongue.
He has taught at the University of Michigan. Mar 25, Purnacandra Sivarupa rated it really liked it Shelves: If you’re I had to read this for class, so be watfr that this did very much influence my review. And there certainly is some interesting material about the rituals, about the use of divination, the decision making of the elders and so on.
I felt the need to be initiated as I read the book, though I kept wondering about the females and teh their initiation looked like. Journey into the Underworld Chapter