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 reason for this experience was multi-fold, but at the heart of it is an amazing book by a special author.

This is usually done to the end of demonstrating the types of knowledge and the ways of knowing native to the colonized civilization to both the colonizers and to the most thoroughly colonized among their own number. Moreover, the things that so many westerners dream about like flight to other worlds, or encountering strange but fascinating sentient beings are easily achievable through the mystical visionary states of indigenous shamans.

When he fled, he wasn’t actually sure just where his village was, but he kept going. Quotes from Of Water and the While this book is not the most lyrical, it is real. At twenty he ran back to his village; much of the book now tells of parts of the month-long initiation ceremony he underwent.

Our pagan heritage speaks to that. I have yet to read a book of this as spiritually profound as this one.

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


Published September 28th by Penguin first published This book is an autobiography of Malidoma Patrice Some. However reading this narrative was hard because I couldn’t understand his experiences.

But, to be fair, once he gets going, it is pretty interesting.

Trying to See Chapter The details of Malidoma’s initiation, his dreams, the rituals he has to undergo, are all really powerful and reading them is sure to move the soul of any spiritual aspirant and increase their faith. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Because of malidima we have this jewel of a book by Malidoma Some.

Is there a way back? Education, Modern Development, and Indigenous Knowledge: Reading this book really expanded my consciousness in a powerful way.

Of Water and the Spirit

Refresh and try again. Homecoming and Celebration Epilogue: 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. Apr 05, Patrick Song rated it it was amazing. Even the most open-minded person will be challenged by reading about Malidoma’s profound experiences. Soome he saw his family for the first time in 16 years, he could no longer speak his native Dagara and had lost touch with his native culture; so he underwent the long, harrowing ritual initiation that boys normally go through at 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.


At the age of four he Overall, give this book a shot and enjoy with an open mind.

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It is a good attempt to bridge the gap, but does entirely succeed. 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: Oct 20, Tiago rated it it was amazing.

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