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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
ebook, 112 pages
Published December 1st 1997 by Penguin Books (first published 1993)
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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.

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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.
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.
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.
Tom Arvetis
An interesting exploration of ritual with keen insights into Western culture.
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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