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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Of Water and the Spirit: 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. Also by Malidoma Patrice Some.

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It was, in short, brainwashing of an intensive and parasitic sort. It really took me by surprise even though I had been warned. Forced to communicate in French, he soon forgot his native tongue. Lists with This Book. I feel more open now to the possibilities that can arise as we live in this magical world.

It was an important part of the story, and powerful in it’s own right, but I could have down without the ugly story of us indoctrination and abuse at the hands of the Jesuits. Because of them we have this jewel of a book by Malidoma Some.

Sep 03, Haneenj rated it it was amazing. Here in Europe we have lost it centuries ago and now we are trying to make other loose it, too. I am so happy for the gift of the elders and ancestors.


As he recalls his patrrice funeral – spirit voices, and the dead man walking – I thought perhaps these were the confused recollections of a small child. What I would hope to get out of this kind of book is some kind of insight into the traditional culture of the Dagara.

If you’re I had to read this for class, so be aware that this did very much influence my review. Feb 18, Chibineko rated parrice liked it Shelves: And Catholic dogma replaced tribal rites.

Aug 12, Val rated it it was ok Shelves: But while he was persuaded by the religion, to the extent of wanting to become a priest, he was also repelled at the sexual and physical abuse he witnessed, and at the colonial attitudes towards the African people.

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

Spme problem for him is that it is not his culture any more, as he spent his childhood away from it paatrice is already ‘Westerni The book concerns the story of a young man who is taken from his village, educated in a Jesuit school and then returns to his village and undergoes an initiation.

The Long Journey Begins Chapter The closet we come to this concept is Yielbongura, “the thing that knowledge cannot eat.

It reminded me how boxed into a reality I can be and maliodma deep the possibilities of our perceptions really are. Jul 23, Sheik Camara rated it it was amazing Shelves: Refresh and try again.


Of Water and the Spirit

A most captivating, mysterious, and absorbing true story! It seems as if he is trying to convince himself of the meaning of his African heritage, it is not something he is steeped in. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

As I was reading his descriptions of magical experiences he had before his abduction, all of which happened before he was four, I wondered whether all the impossible things he was witnessing were explicable by his extreme youth, and the embellishing powers of or.

The World at the Bottom of the Pool Chapter Opening the Portal Chapter Life is infinitely interesting. It also talks about the individual development of man, the relationship between generations, and the respect of other cultures. 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 anx a technological society.

Some may read this book and scoff at the “fantastical” elements: The book highlights how much of our humanity we have cut off from ourselves, and shows us the incredible possibilities for recreating the story of what it means to be conscious beings on this planet.