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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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We need more audio books like this

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.

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Phenominal and life-changing!!!

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...

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so beautifully eye opened by this book thank you!

it helped me in so many ways! Ase! I thank you for your incite! love

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the initiation reading was excellent however even better would have been the reading of the entire book.

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Connected

I didn't expect to find so many connections in this book! I am in awe, j3

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it gave very good insight to a realm I always knew existed. it put some things into perspective

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Life changing

This was the most amazing book i have ever read in my life. Please be prepared for a life changing moment.

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I loved the story but expected a longer version of

I wish it was a full version of the book and story. it felt short and incomplete. There is so much depth and wisdom in this story. Worth having it all.

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i hated that the book came to an end

This was an excellent book. i will be getting it in hard back to add to my library

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An absolutely great read!

Malidoma is a great narrator. Such a pleasant surpise. looking forward to reading more 9f his work.