In the Dagara tribe of West Africa, women are valued as the source of the world's wisdom. They are valued as dreamers, as diviners, as the backbone of the community; the core of human survival. But what can the teachings of this indigenous culture show us that will transform the way we live?
On Women's Wisdom from the Heart of Africa, Sobonfu Somé, author, teacher, and the first woman empowered by the Dagara elders to impart their teachings to the West, invites you to peer into a world where people remain closely connected to nature, their ancestors, and spirit, and to learn how to use powerful rituals to restore balance within yourself and with those around you.
Sobonfu Somé, whose name means "keeper of the rituals", was raised in her small village and sent by her elders to continue her education in the United States. With Women's Wisdom from the Heart of Africa, Somé shares authentic spiritual teachings of her tribe that were formerly handed down only within the circle of Dagara village life.
These teachings are founded on a worldview that honors animals, plants, and trees as our elders, and human beings as the newcomers. From this revered relationship with the natural world, we learn how to live in unity with our environment, and create a deeper connection with spirit. How do we find this connection to spirit? For the Dagara, ritual is the gateway. Distilling the essential practices of her people, Sobonfu Somé shows you how to check in with spirit to receive guidance, observe the sacred spaces of your home, harness the energy of the elements, strengthen your relationships, create balance in your professional life, and much more.
What are your unique gifts? What were you born to contribute? What can your community do to assist you? These questions are asked of every unborn Dagara child while still in the womb. Now, you have the chance to explore these and other questions, and to discover your inimitable gift as a woman with Women's Wisdom from the Heart of Africa.
©2007 Sobonfu Somé (P)2007 Sobonfu Somé
I enjoyed the in depth information of this African culture's female ways of initiation and wisdom. Having a first hand look from someone within the specific tradition was a rare privilege.
The knowledge and watchfulness of the Elders over the young initiates in their spiritual travels during initiation.
Here voice and soothing yet expressive manner truly bring the story and her feelings behind it to life.
As a student of Dreams and Dream interpretation, I appreciate the insight of how this particular tribe/group are taught at an early age to call their Soul back in the morning upon waking because it has been traveling in the Spiritual world during sleep and the importance of starting the day with prayer to set the tone.
This book/story really touched my heart & made me feel at home with the natural rituals I seemed to have always practiced. Thank you for providing this ancestral knowledge to the next generation of mothers out here.
Wise, beautiful, enlightening.. I am glad I came across this book and bought it. Thank you, Sobonfu for taking the time to share your wisdom..
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