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Of Water and the Spirit: Ritual, Magic and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman (1994 Hardback)


£25.00

Very good condition used 1994 First Edition
Hardback with intact Dust Jacket.

Published by Jeremy P. Tarcher/
G. P. Putnam’s Sons, New York.
Author: Malidoma Patrice Some.
ISBN: 0874777623. ISBN: 9780874777628.
Approx dims: 235 mm h x 160 mm w x 32 mm d.

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Of Water and the Spirit: Ritual, Magic and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman

Condition and Description:

Very good condition used 1994 First Edition Hardback with intact Dust Jacket.

Published by Jeremy P. Tarcher/ G. P. Putnam’s Sons, New York.
Author: Malidoma Patrice Some.
ISBN: 0874777623. ISBN: 9780874777628.
Approx dims: 235 mm h x 160 mm w x 32 mm d.

Intact clean glossy condition dust jacket covers with slight rubbing, creasing to edges and signs of handling. Intact spine. Dust jacket over good condition brown/black boards. 311 clean, slightly off white pages of English text. Some light pencil inscriptions to some pages by previous owner. Slight foxing to slightly tanned rough cut page ends. Image shown is actual book for sale.

Synopsis of Of Water and the Spirit: Ritual, Magic and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman:

Malidoma, whose name means “be friends with the stranger/enemy, ” was born under the shadow of French colonial rule in Upper Volta, West Africa. 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. In spite of his isolation from his tribe and his village, Malidoma stubbornly refused to forget where he had come from and who he was.

Finally, fifteen years later, Malidoma fled the seminary and walked 125 miles through the dense jungle back to his own people, the Dagara. 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. Malidoma was a man of two worlds, at home in neither.

His only hope of reconnection with his people was to undergo the harrowing Dagara monthlong initiation in the wilderness, which he describes in fascinating detail. Malidoma emerged from this supernatural ritual a newly integrated individual, rejoined to his ancestral past and his cultural present.

For more than a century, anthropologists and ethnologists have attempted to penetrate the worldview of indigenous peoples. Now a true son of Africa has come forth, with the permission of his tribal elders, to tell us with stunning candor about their way of life.

Today Malidoma flys the jetways writing on his laptop computer, seeking to share the ancient wisdom of the Dagara with the rest of the world and bring an understanding of another way of life to his village. His book is a courageous testament to the hope that humanity can learn to live in a global village and see the “stranger” as a friend.