Spirit of Intimacy: Ancient Teachings in the Ways of Relationships

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A renowned, respected teacher and mentor to thousands, Sobonfu Somi is one of the first and foremost voices of African spirituality to come to the West. Somi was born in Dano, Burkina Faso, a remote West African village with a population of about two hundred people. Dano has preserved the old ways of African village life, with family structures, spiritual practices, and methods of living that have been in place for more than ten thousand years. In The Spirit of Intimacy, Somi distills the ancient teachings and ...

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Overview

A renowned, respected teacher and mentor to thousands, Sobonfu Somi is one of the first and foremost voices of African spirituality to come to the West. Somi was born in Dano, Burkina Faso, a remote West African village with a population of about two hundred people. Dano has preserved the old ways of African village life, with family structures, spiritual practices, and methods of living that have been in place for more than ten thousand years. In The Spirit of Intimacy, Somi distills the ancient teachings and wisdom of her native village to give insight into the nature of intimate relationships.

Somi generously applies the subtle knowledge from her West African culture to this one. Simply and beautifully, she reveals the role of spirit in every marriage, friendship, relationship, and community. She shares ancient ways to make our intimate lives more fulfilling and secure and offers powerful insights into the "illusion of romance," divorce, and loss. Her important and fascinating lessons from the heart include the sacred meaning of pleasure, preparing a ritual space for intimacy, and the connection between sex and spirituality. Her ideas are intuitively persuasive, provocative, and healing—and supported by sound practical advice, along with specific rituals and ceremonies based on those used for thousands of years. With this book, the spiritual insights of indigenous Africa take their place alongside those of native America, ancient Europe, and Asia as important influences on Western readers.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780688164508
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/1999
  • Pages: 140
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 7.33 (h) x 0.87 (d)

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Sobonfu Somé, whose name means "keeper of ritual," was born and raised in Burkina Faso, the former Upper Volta. She is an initiated member of the Dagara tribe of West Africa. Sobonfu and her husband, Malidoma Somé, teach the ancient wisdom of their tribe throughout the world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2003

    What community and love is really about

    What a difference is to read a book about African traditions and teachings when the person who is writing has been born there. Often times when we read books writen by western writers (or even when we see a documentary about Africa) the main theme is how strange these people are... But the Book that Sobonfu Somé presents, telling the the views and stories about the Dagara people, give us a whole new perspective about how life can be lived and what is really important about life. This book is not about whose views or culture is superior, and yet it shows that there is a richness in the native way of living that cannot be found, and bougth, in our civilized society. The Spirit of Intimacy ends up serving as a brigde to only to help us rethink about how we can connect we our lover, but also with ourselfves and our community (the world).

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