Alcina's Reviews > Of Water and the Spirit: Ritual, Magic, and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman

Of Water and the Spirit by Malidoma Patrice Somé
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Dec 28, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: initiation, spiritual-readings, autobio-memoirs
Read in December, 2008

The book is an exquisite document of the initation rites of one tribe in West Africa. However, it was really about change and compromise and how the West/Euro culture could learn from indigenous people if only we would listen. I felt the need to be initiated as I read the book, though I kept wondering about the females and what their initiation looked like. I'm going to have to buy this book so I can have it on hand for beautiful thoughts on death, growing up, ways to see the earth and magic.
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