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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I learned a lot about African culture, its magic and symbolism. How can you become a member of your community when they did not see you grow? Some may read this book and scoff at the “fantastical” elements: We are experiencing technical difficulties. However reading this narrative was hard because I couldn’t understand his experiences.

The book concerns the story of a young man who is taken from his village, educated in a Jesuit school and then returns to his village and undergoes an initiation.

The closet we come to this concept is Yielbongura, “the thing that knowledge cannot eat.

Once he was home, however, many there regarded him as a “white black,” to be looked on with suspicion because he had been contaminated by the “sickness” of the colonial world.

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The Meeting at the Earth Shrine Chapter All of nature became involved. I read this book during a college course, and had an amazing experience with it. Refresh and try again.


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

But while he was persuaded by the religion, to the extent of wanting to become a priest, he was also repelled at the sexual and physical abuse he witnessed, and at the colonial attitudes towards the African people. I don’t want it to end. There are enough thinkers and practitioners from a variety of colonized societies attempting to do just that, and we should all take their missions to heart and pray that others do so, too.

Was it Satanism or is there really a way into other universes?

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

Aug 12, Val soe it it was ok Shelves: 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. I’d give this book many more stars if I could.

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 book has convinced more than ever that we 21st-century humans are living in what the Hindus call the Kali Yuga Age of Darkness. No trivia or quizzes yet. It was an important part of pateice story, and powerful in it’s own right, but I could have down without the malieoma story of us indoctrination and abuse at the hands of the Jesuits.


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Of Water and the Spirit

He describes his first four years, focussing particularly on his close relationship with his grandfather, an elder and shaman. Mar 05, Kah Fabre rated it it was amazing.

Our pagan heritage speaks to that. Oct 05, Dylan Grant rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have to say, as I read the introduction which explains this stuff, my heart sank. At four, the author was ‘stolen’ by the local priest, and compelled to live in a Catholic boarding school. Sep 14, Harry Rutherford rated it liked it Shelves: Trying to ;atrice Chapter This isn’t as difficult as your teacher said it would be.

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Malidoma was a man of two worlds, at home in neither. Inspired by Your Browsing History. Life Begins at Nansi Chapter 7: I read this book in my first African studies class. This isn’t a light and frothy jaunt through one man’s self-discovery though, it’s full of Malidoma’s pain and confusion as he’s abducted and placed in a barbaric missionary school and seminary.

Instead of the natural society experienced by waterr hunting-and-gathering Dagara tribe, we experience the meaninglessness, isolation and stunted growth that comes from being a human in a technological society.