The Healing Wisdom of Africa: Finding Life Purpose Through Nature, Ritual, and Community

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"His journey is a shimmering 'missing piece' in the story of the earth," Alice Walker proclaimed of Malidoma Some's Of Water and the Spirit. In that book Som* took readers on a tour of two worlds as he related the story of his youth in an African village and of his Western and traditional African educations. Now, in The Healing Wisdom of Africa, Some writes of the generations-old traditions and knowledge of his people, the Dagara, a group known throughout West Africa for their healing abilities and spiritual practice. Explaining how the Dagara accumulate firsthand knowledge of deep spiritualist and healing powers, Some also shows how the most important aspects of their village life revolve around ritual, community, and ceremony. Some teaches ceremony and rituals that enable Western readers to begin the healing and initiation process, discovering genius within themselves and finding life's true purpose. In the larger scheme of creating community, the author details the power of gathering and of engaging in traditional rituals of fire, water, earth, and nature. Through The Healing Wisdom of Africa, readers come to understand that the life of indigenous and traditional people is a paradigm for an intimate relationship with the natural world that both surrounds us and is within us.

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Malidoma Patrice Somé, born in Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) West Africa, is initiated in the ancestral traditions of his tribe, and is a medicine man and diviner in the Dagra culture. He holds three master's degrees and two doctorates from Sorbonne and Brandeis University, and has taught at the University of Michigan. He currently devotes himself to speaking and, with his wife, Sobonfu, conducting intensive workshops throughout the United States.

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