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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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Return to Book Page. Of Water and the Spirit: Paperbackpages. Published September 28th by Penguin first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Of Water and the Spiritplease sign up. See 1 question about Of Water and the Spirit…. Lists with This Book. Jan 18, ndelamiko lord rated it it was amazing.

One of the most intriguing, heart-wrenching, compelling narratives Mar 25, Purnacandra Sivarupa rated it really liked mslidoma Shelves: The Sanskrit phrase Purva Pakshato turn the gaze around, has been applied in a modern context by the essayist and philosopher Rajiv Malhotra in the sense of reverse anthropology: This is usually done to the end of demonstrating the types of knowledge and the ways of knowing native to the colonized civilization to both the colonizers and to the most thoroughly colonized among their own number.

Kidnapped by a French Catholic missionary at around the age of five, Malidoma—his first name dictates aater of his life’s narrative, and so feels more appropriate than using his sirname—was forced watre a French colonial school and, eventually, seminary.

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The entire educational system imposed by Catholics upon so many native children in the region of Burkina Faso and Ghana was intended to make of the Africans the most effective missionaries by which to undermine their own traditional ways of life. It was, in short, brainwashing of an intensive and parasitic sort. Yet, after escaping back to his own Dagara people at the age of 20 his best guessMalidoma found himself given the inverse mission by his elders: How successful any one man can be in such a massive task is hard to say, tue there is something to be said for the effort.


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.

Some may read this book and scoff at the “fantastical” elements: Perhaps I am sticking my neck too far out, but the world has proven herself far too interesting for me to dismiss these experiences out of hand. I have seen enough, known enough, and met enough, by now, to say at least this: I am no longer so quick to interpret away stories I hear or read about bodily abductions into the world of spirits “under the Spjrit or Tantric rituals which animate bodies thoroughly dead through the agency of elemental spirits, the walking corpses of Africa and south Asia, or the deadly shapeshifters of the American Southwest.


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

Life is infinitely interesting. May 10, Mariusz rated it it was amazing. One of the most important books I have ever read. It is about people who have not forgotten what really matters, what is life and Here in Europe we have lost it centuries ago and now we are trying to make other loose it, too. And we are quite successful in that, unfortunately. Is there a way back? Malidoma says there is. Oct 05, Dylan Grant rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is a real treasure.

Malidoma is an indigenous medicine man of the Dagara tribe in Africa, who was kidnapped at a young age by the Jesuits and forced to learn to speak and write in Frech.

After escaping from the Seminary he was being held captive and “De-Africanized” in, he returned to his tribe and learned his ancestral ways. Spjrit he journeys back into the world of the white man in order to act as a voice for indigenous peoples. This is tue first book of its kind that I’ve read. I have This book is a real treasure.

So it is a really great opportunity. Reading this book really expanded my consciousness in a powerful way. To quote Malidoma, “My horizon of reality had been expanded”. I feel more open now to the possibilities that can arise as we live in this magical world.

Even the most open-minded person wated be challenged by reading about Spiit profound malidomaa. The best part about this book is all of the occult and mystical content. The details of Malidoma’s initiation, his dreams, the rituals he has to undergo, are all really powerful and reading them is sure to move the soul of any spiritual aspirant and increase their faith.

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. The happiness and joy that mzlidoma experienced by the Dagara tribe – the closeness to Nature and the spirit-world, the loving community, the opportunity for every person to fully realize their individual selves – is the birthright of every single living human being.

But we are cut off from that birthright because we deluded by the idea of technological progress. Instead of the natural society experienced by the hunting-and-gathering Dagara tribe, we experience the meaninglessness, isolation and stunted growth that comes from being a human in a technological society. This delusion of technological progress has not only made us blind to the magic of nature by dulling our perception but it has also made the so,e angry with us, such that it pztrice even want to communicate with us even if we tried.

Moreover, the things that so many westerners dream about like flight to other worlds, or encountering strange but fascinating sentient beings are easily achievable through the mystical visionary states of indigenous shamans. I really have no doubt that there was a time when we Western Europeans lived and experienced the world just like the Dagara tribe did.

Of Water and the Spirit

Our pagan heritage speaks to that. One only needs to read a book of european mythology to be convinced of that fact. And after countless cycles of civilizations rising and falling, perhaps we shall return to this way of life. Highly recommended to any truth-seeker. Aug 12, Erin rated it really liked it.

I read this book in my first African studies class. It is a great example of the affect of Western values and colonialism on the traditional society and the roles within that society. It also talks about the individual development of man, the relationship between generations, and the respect of other cultures. It’s a great read, especially because it comes from something other than a Western point of view. Jun 28, Irene rated it it was amazing Shelves: A most captivating, mysterious, and absorbing true story!


I don’t want it to end. The only bad thing about this book was that it had to end. Mar 08, Patrice rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Dec 28, Alcina rated it it was amazing Shelves: The book is an exquisite document of the initation rites of one tribe in West Africa.

I felt the need to be initiated as I read the book, though I kept wondering about the females and what their initiation looked like.

I’m going to have to buy this book so I can have it on hand for beautiful thoughts on death, growing up, ways to see the earth and magic. This book was amazing. I read this book long ago and cannot find another copy for my current library. Wonderful, wonderful account of an African boy’s journey from an extended childhood to manhood.

Jan 10, Laura rated it it was amazing Shelves: Eye-opening, awesome personal story. Might make you think twice about what the world is and can be.

May 01, Tara rated it it was amazing. While this book is not the most lyrical, it is real. It reminded me how boxed into a reality I can be and how deep the possibilities of our perceptions really mallidoma. Mar 05, Kah Fabre rated it it was amazing. How do you become an adult in a world where adulthood is not measured by your age, but by your knowledge? How can you become a member of your community when they did not see you grow? How do you become part of a community where imposed knowledge and culture does not fit?

This well written book about a man that had written in his destiny his abduction, his return and the suffering in between maildoma two, also let patride see how aater and colonialism changed Africa, and how a small community tackled the western world imposed ideas, in order to conserve their culture.

It is a must read. A book unlike any other. Patrixe, born in a Dagara village was kidnapped when he was four years old by a Jesuit priest. Because of this, he is now a man of two worlds: This book reveals his spiritual journey from point a to point b and the return to point a-how the assimilation back to his culture was so difficult.

Charged by the elders in his village, Malidoma makes it his life mission to bridge the gap between the Dagara and the western wo A book unlike any other. Charged by the elders in his village, Malidoma makes it his life mission to bridge the gap between the Dagara and the western world. I learned a lot about African culture, its magic and symbolism. However reading this narrative was hard because I couldn’t understand his experiences.