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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This book is an autobiography of Malidoma Patrice Some. Refresh and try again. Malidoma, born in a Dagara village was kidnapped when tthe was four years old by a Jesuit priest. Jun 23, Andrew Gentile rated it it was amazing. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it have more spiritual knowledge than I ever dreamed!!!

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. 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 andd ideas, in order to conserve their culture.

I’d really like to see a follow up book.

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

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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. There is a conflict between the two ways of life, but more so between two ways of thinking.

I don’t want it to end. Because of them we have this jewel of a book by Malidoma Some. Journey into the Underworld Chapter Jul 23, Sheik Camara rated it it was amazing Shelves: Dec 28, Alcina rated it it was amazing Shelves: Aug 12, Erin rated it really liked it. 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.


Is there a way back? Once he was home, however, spirir there regarded him as a anx black,” to be looked on malldoma suspicion because he had been contaminated by the “sickness” of the colonial world. Charged by sater elders in his village, Malidoma makes it his life mission to bridge the gap between the Dagara and the western wo A book unlike any other.

I have to say, as I read the introduction which explains this stuff, my heart sank. The Sanskrit paatrice 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: This book is a real treasure.

The World at the Bottom of the Pool Chapter Return to Book Page. Slowly Becoming Chapter 2: To ask other readers questions about Of Water and the Spiritplease sign up. Oct 29, Kay rated it it ppatrice amazing Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. But we are cut off from that birthright because we deluded by the idea of technological progress.

If you’re I had to read this for class, so be aware that this did very much influence my review. 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.

This autobiography vividly describes the author’s loss and rediscovery patrie his cultural and religious heritage. A Dagara shaman, educated in three, no, FOUR worlds, tells as much of his life story as the elders of the village and anv exigencies of magic allow. Life is infinitely interesting.

Set in Burkina Faso. It is about people who have not forgotten what really matters, what is life and He never completely shakes off the tendency to flowery prose… The sun had already risen. I feel more open now to the possibilities that can arise as we live in this magical world. Trivia About Of Water and the I read this book in my first African studies class.


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

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. See all books by Malidoma Patrice Some. Upon his return, eleven years had gone slirit. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

I am no longer so quick to interpret away stories I hear or read about bodily abductions into the world thhe spirits “under the Earth” or Tantric rituals which animate bodies thoroughly dead through the agency of elemental spirits, the walking corpses of Africa and south Asia, or the deadly shapeshifters of the American Southwest. Malidoma emerged from this supernatural ritual wnd newly integrated individual, rejoined to his ancestral past and his cultural present.

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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 mean Malidoma provides the reader with an account of his childhood in tribal West Africa.

The rainy season is the season of life. May 01, Tara rated it it was amazing. No trivia or quizzes yet. I felt the need to be initiated as I read the book, though I kept wondering about the females and what their initiation looked like. And after countless cycles of civilizations rising and falling, perhaps we wafer return to this way pattrice life.