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Ritual: Power, Healing and Community

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?The stories within these books have the poignancy of new discoveries as well as the unworn imagination of the ancestors. The commentary has the sharp edge of modern thought and the intricacy which results from the intellect being woven through the ritual complexities of tribal life. The purpose of constructing thresholds that bring this world together is to find the power ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published December 1st 1997 by Penguin Books (first published 1993)
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Apr 20, 2016 K AKUA GRAY rated it really liked it
Definitely one for the keeping. View a few of my favorite quotes from the book.
Jul 19, 2012 Chraeloos rated it liked it
This was a good introduction to the practices of the Dagara people and other native tribes of Africa. Really shows the difference between modern society and traditional society well.
Crystal J. De la Cruz - Hopper
A lot of wisdom in this book!

I stumbled into this author and thus this book from an article I read entitled, "What a Shaman Sees in a Mental Hospital"... Excellent read, by the way.

As a student and practitioner of shamanic energy medicine, I am enthralled with the simple wisdom of Somè's lineage and tradition and I love the many parallels to other traditions and modalities. His writing style is quite eloquent and yet easy to follow; an excellent story teller.

If you're on a seeking path or enjoy
Jun 10, 2016 Alexis rated it really liked it
Definitely a great introduction to ritualistic spaces and community. Somé lightly touched on enough info to whet the appetite of his readers, challenging them to explore their spirituality. However, I don't believe this was meant to be much deeper than that. Powerful, yet really simple...
Interesting read about the author and his experiences and how the Dagara view ritual as being necessary to their life. Their grieving ritual was particularly potent, and I do agree with how badly the West treats grief.
Jul 23, 2010 Kate rated it liked it
A-ho! For those who love ritual, for those who wonder why we need ritual, Malidoma Some reveals as much as he dares about the framework of life in his village in Burkina Faso. A humble read for us arrogant Westerners.
Jun 21, 2014 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, 2014
Not much to say about this one. It was a short but very interesting look at the way ritual forms the structure for which the rest of Somé's traditional community is based around, with the inevitable, but not unfair, comparison to Western society.
Mar 08, 2009 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very comprehensive collection of the ways of African ritual.
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Somé holds three Master's degrees and two doctorates from the Sorbonne and Brandeis University. He has taught at the University of Michigan.
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“The focus here is not on ritual itself, but on opening up something in hearts and spirits that has been locked away so long that individuals can barely remember the source.” 2 likes
“We need ritual because it is an expression of the fact that we recognize the difficulty of creating a different and special kind of community. A community that doesn’t have a ritual cannot exist. A corporate community is not a community. It’s a conglomeration of individuals in the service of an insatiable soulless entity.” 1 likes
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