Born in West Africa in the early 1950s, Somé was kidnapped at age four by a French Jesuit missionary to be trained as a priest, for the next 15 years enduring the harsh regimen of a seminary where his native language and tribal traditions were systematically suppressed. At age 20 he escaped, but when he returned to his Dugara people in Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) they rejected him as an outsider. To reconnect with his native culture, Somé underwent a month-long initiation into shamanism during which he reports that he journeyed to the underworld, became a bird, then a porcupine, and was buried alive.
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This book opened me up into another world of magic and culture that inspires me to look more closely at the world and beyond the surface of other cultures. I enjoyed this book immensely.
I loved this book...his story is the story of all of us if we will pause, surrender and listen to the voices of our ancestors...they are the bridge to our future but we have to be willing to "let go" of who we "think" we are to become who we "already are"!!! I am ready for my initiation...
it helped me in so many ways! Ase! I thank you for your incite! love
Delightful description of the many worlds that available for enrichment. You remind us to awaken our senses and instincts.
Yes, the actual unabridged version.
Made an unabridged version.
No one but himself.
The rest of his story! Audible only has the abridged version.
Please fix the metadata saying this is an unabridged version. The audible version leaves out many portions of the book! If you look at the cover artwork/image, you can see that it is abridged.
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