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

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

Malidoma Patrice Somé

Putnam / Penguin Books




23 x 15 x 2.2

352 pages

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Through The Healing Wisdom of Africa, readers can 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. The book is the most complete study of the role ritual plays in the lives of African people–and the role it can play for seekers in the West.

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.

Praise: "All of his sentences are filled with knowledge of the Other World. Through him we understand emotion as a form of Spirit". Robert Bly "Profoundly wise and fascinating ... Malidoma Patrice Some has delivered an incomparably meaningful gift to us wanderers and seekers in the West ... The Healing Wisdom of Africa means the ancestors still care about us, and want to help us grow. They have sent Malidoma far from home to remind us where home is." Alice Walker "An amazing bridge over the chasm of modern isolation. Malidoma reawakens the rituals of the heart. This is profound, brilliant, and accessible medicine for us." Jack Kornfield


Table Of Contents

The Healing Wisdom of Africa Introduction: Living in Two Worlds
Part One: Healing in the Indigenous World
1. Healing, Ritual, and Community
2. The Healing Power of Nature
3. Indigenous Technologies
Part Two: Relationships of Healing: The Community
4. The Value of a Healthy Community
5. Mentors and the Life of Youth
6. Elders and the Community
Part Three: Understanding Ritual
7. The Elements of Ritual
8. Dagara Cosmology and Ritual
9. Preparing for Ritual
Part Four: Rituals of Healing
10. Fire Rituals
11. Water Rituals
12. Earth Rituals
13. Mineral Rituals
14. Nature Rituals
Part Five: Healing in the Western World
15. Initiation: A Response to Challenges of the West
16. Maintaining Community through Ritual



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