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

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

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Malidoma 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.


AUTHOR: Malidoma Patrice Some


Binding: Paperback, 320 pages
Pub Date: May 01, 1995
Physical Info: 0.6" H x 8.4" L x 5.4" W (0.6 lbs)
ISBN: 0140194967
EAN: 9780140194968
Publisher: Penguin Books

Biographical Note:

Malidoma Somé 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.
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