The Healing Wisdom of Africa: Finding Life Purpose Through Nature, Ritual, and Community (Paperback)

The Healing Wisdom of Africa: Finding Life Purpose Through Nature, Ritual, and Community (Paperback)

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Through The Healing Wisdom of Africa, readers can come to understand that the life of indigenous and traditional people is a model for an intimate relationship with the natural world that both surrounds us and is within us. The book is the most complete study of the role ritual plays in the lives of African people--and the role it can play for seekers in the West.

AUTHOR: Malidoma Patrice Some

Binding: Paperback, 352 pages
Pub Date: September 13, 1999
Physical Info: 0.93" H x 9.03" L x 6.0" W (0.82 lbs) 
ISBN: 087477991X
EAN: 9780874779912
Publisher: Tarcherperigee

Biographical Note:

Malidoma Patrice Somé, born in Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) West Africa, is initiated in the ancestral traditions of his tribe, and is a medicine man and diviner in the Dagra culture. He holds three master's degrees and two doctorates from Sorbonne and Brandeis University, and has taught at the University of Michigan. He currently devotes himself to speaking and, with his wife, Sobonfu, conducting intensive workshops throughout the United States.

Table of Contents:

The Healing Wisdom of Africa Introduction: Living in Two Worlds 
Part One: Healing in the Indigenous World 
1. Healing, Ritual, and Community 
2. The Healing Power of Nature 
3. Indigenous Technologies 
Part Two: Relationships of Healing: The Community 
4. The Value of a Healthy Community 
5. Mentors and the Life of Youth 
6. Elders and the Community 
Part Three: Understanding Ritual 
7. The Elements of Ritual 
8. Dagara Cosmology and Ritual 
9. Preparing for Ritual 
Part Four: Rituals of Healing 
10. Fire Rituals 
11. Water Rituals 
12. Earth Rituals 
13. Mineral Rituals 
14. Nature Rituals 
Part Five: Healing in the Western World 
15. Initiation: A Response to Challenges of the West 
16. Maintaining Community through Ritual 
Africa, Body Mind Spirit, Shamanism, Spiritual healing, Dagaaba, African people, Rites and ceremonies, Malidoma Patrice Somé

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