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

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

by Malidoma Patrice Some


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140194968
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/28/1995
Series: Compass Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 126,386
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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 Return

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Of Water and the Spirit: Ritual, Magic, and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If the reader is spiritually....grounded..and prepared to accept 'the Norm' is only something pushed upon from one 'human race' to another. They will experience a healing within themselves. Spirituality cannot be denied or held back. This book took me to a higher level of awareness of myself and my surrounding which is helpful in how i truly feel others (heart to heart, Spirit to Spirit). Thank You Malidoma Patrice Some
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was healing. As a person who feels caught between many worlds at times, this book offered me understanding and hope. Easy to read, and good for anyone with an open mind. The amazing thing about the book is that it it TRUE. A good friend recommended it to me. I will recommend it to you. You won't be disappointed. There is more out there to the world than we (Americans) know. I knew that already, but I never have learned of the mystical nature of our ancestors until I read the words on these pages. Allow this book to shed some light on what you have been missing. It will expand your understanding of the world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book speaks directly to the longing of African Americans coming of age. It helps to define the transition between youth and wisdom. There are no limits to the types of spiritual rituals encased in this book. I found the familial relationships to be studied and implemented. It is totally engrossing.