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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Our professor, an older African-born man along with an amazing TA for the class guided us through this book and gave incredible insite into the process. The problem for him is that it is not his culture any more, as he spent his childhood away from it and 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.
Our people all Africans are one people I do not care what tribe you are from.
Was it Satanism or is there really a way into other universes? 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.
Looking for More Great Reads? 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 he managed to survive this ritual, which took the lives of four other boys that year, the elders sent him to the university, and then to the Sorbonne.
It is a good attempt to bridge the gap, but does entirely succeed.
Malidoma has a great voice here and while there are some things that I didn’t understand entirely, the author is pretty open in the beginning that some things just can’t be translated to another language because there’s no equivalent.
The author was born wayer Africa, stolen by Catholic missionaries and forced to go to a boarding school, only to escape and return home in his late teens. 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 next fifteen years, being harshly indoctrinated into european ways of thought and worship.
Of Water and the Spirit
He still does a good job of showing what life is like in West Africa for boys and men. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. But his experiences during the initiation as an adult are every bit as remarkable.
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. The problem for him is that it is not his culture any more, as he spent his childhood away from it and is already ‘Westernised’.
At four, the author was ‘stolen’ by the local priest, and compelled to live in a Catholic boarding school. Malidoma emerged from this supernatural ritual a newly integrated individual, rejoined to his ancestral past and fhe cultural present.
Slowly Becoming Chapter 2: Dec 28, Alcina rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mar 05, Kah Fabre rated it it was amazing. Might make you think twice about what the world is and can be.
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.
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He describes his first four years, focussing particularly on his close relationship with his grandfather, an elder and shaman. 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. The cocktail of academic jargon, self-help, the supernatural and purple prose could have been specifically designed to annoy me.
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.
He is inevitably as much a product of French colonial education and western universities as he is of Dagara culture. This book is an autobiography of Malidoma Patrice Some. Even the most open-minded person will be challenged by reading about Malidoma’s profound experiences. See all books by Malidoma Patrice Some. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.
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. It also talks about the individual development of man, the relationship between generations, and the respect of other cultures.