Of Water and the Spirit

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

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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 next fifteen years, being harshly indoctrinated into european ways of thought and worship. The story tells of his return to his people, his hard initiation back into those people, which lead to his desire to convey their knowledge to the world. Of Water and the 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 139.7 x 210.82 x 17.78mm | 272.15g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 1 map
  • 0140194967
  • 9780140194968
  • 68,639

About Malidoma Patrice Some

Malidoma Some was born in Burkina Faso in 1956. At the age of four, he was forcefully taken from his family to be educated at a French Jesuit boarding school. At the age of twenty, he escaped from the school and was reunited with his family. He now lectures on his experiences.show more

Table of contents

Of Water and the Spirit Introduction Chapter 1: Slowly Becoming Chapter 2: A Grandfather's Farewell Chapter 3: Grandfather's Funeral Chapter 4: A Sudden Farewell Chapter 5: In the White Man's World Chapter 6: Life Begins at Nansi Chapter 7: The Rebellion Begins Chapter 8: New Awakenings Chapter 9: The Long Journey Begins Chapter 10: The Voyage Home Chapter 11: Hard Beginnings Chapter 12: Trying to Fit Back into Village Life Chapter 13: The Meeting at the Earth Shrine Chapter 14: My First Night at the Initiation Camp Chapter 15: Trying to See Chapter 16: The World of the Fire, the Song of the Stars Chapter 17: In the Arms of the Green Lady Chapter 18: Returning to the Source Chapter 19: Opening the Portal Chapter 20: Through the Light Hole Chapter 21: The World at the Bottom of the Pool Chapter 22: Burials, Lessons, and Journeys Chapter 23: Journey into the Underworld Chapter 24: A Mission in the Underworld Chapter 25: Returning from the Underworld Chapter 26: Homecoming and Celebration Epilogue: The Fearful Returnshow more

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