The Resource Of water and the spirit : ritual, magic, and initiation in the life of an African shaman, Malidoma Patrice Somé

Of water and the spirit : ritual, magic, and initiation in the life of an African shaman, Malidoma Patrice Somé

Label
Of water and the spirit : ritual, magic, and initiation in the life of an African shaman
Title
Of water and the spirit
Title remainder
ritual, magic, and initiation in the life of an African shaman
Statement of responsibility
Malidoma Patrice Somé
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Malidoma, whose name means "be friends with the stranger/enemy," was born under the shadow of French colonial rule in Upper Volta, West Africa. When he was four years old, he was taken by a Jesuit priest and imprisoned in a seminary built for training a new generation of "black" Catholic priests. In spite of his isolation from his tribe and his village, Malidoma stubbornly refused to forget where he had come from and who he was. Finally, fifteen years later, Malidoma fled the seminary and walked 125 miles through the dense jungle back to his own people, the Dagara. Once he was home, however, many there regarded him as a "white black," to be looked on with suspicion because he had been contaminated by the "sickness" of the colonial world. Malidoma was a man of two worlds, at home in neither
  • His only hope of reconnection with his people was to undergo the harrowing Dagara month long initiation in the wilderness, which he describes in fascinating detail. Malidoma emerged from this supernatural ritual a newly integrated individual, rejoined to his ancestral past and his cultural present. For more than a century, anthropologists and ethnologists have attempted to penetrate the worldview of indigenous peoples. Now a true son of Africa has come forth, with the permission of his tribal elders, to tell us with stunning candor about their way of life. Today Malidoma flies the jetways writing on his laptop computer, seeking to share the ancient wisdom of the Dagara with the rest of the world and bring an understanding of another way of life to his village. His book is a courageous testament to the hope that humanity can learn to live in a global village and see the "stranger" as a friend
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1956-
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Somé, Malidoma Patrice
Illustrations
maps
Index
no index present
LC call number
DT555.45.D35
LC item number
S667 1994
Literary form
non fiction
NLM call number
WB 885
NLM item number
S693o 1994
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Somé, Malidoma Patrice
  • Somé, Malidoma Patrice
  • Somé, Malidoma Patrice
  • Somé, Malidoma Patrice
  • Dagaaba (African people)
  • Shamans
  • Dagaaba (African people)
  • Dagaaba (African people)
  • Shamanism
  • Dagaaba (African people)
  • Dagaaba (African people)
  • Dagaaba (African people)
  • Shamans
  • Dagari (peuple d'Afrique)
  • Chamanisme
  • Dagari (peuple d'Afrique)
  • Dagari (peuple d'Afrique)
  • Burkina Faso
Label
Of water and the spirit : ritual, magic, and initiation in the life of an African shaman, Malidoma Patrice Somé
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"A Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam book."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
311 pages
Isbn
9780874777628
Lccn
93039440
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)29386433
  • (OCoLC)ocm29386433
Label
Of water and the spirit : ritual, magic, and initiation in the life of an African shaman, Malidoma Patrice Somé
Publication
Note
"A Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam book."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
311 pages
Isbn
9780874777628
Lccn
93039440
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)29386433
  • (OCoLC)ocm29386433

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