Of Water and Spirit

Ritual Magic and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman
Narrated by: Malidoma Patrice Somé
Length: 3 hrs
4.8 out of 5 stars (438 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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ABRIDGED VERSION

Would you try another book from Malidoma Patrice Somé and/or Malidoma Patrice Somé?

Yes, the actual unabridged version.

What could Malidoma Patrice Somé have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Made an unabridged version.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Malidoma Patrice Somé?

No one but himself.

What else would you have wanted to know about Malidoma Patrice Somé’s life?

The rest of his story! Audible only has the abridged version.

Any additional comments?

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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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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helped me remember by inner magic

Awsome book on African spirituality . I enjoyed the author's accent and delivery. I wished it was longer I did not expect it to end where it did..

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  • 01-07-19

Eye opening

Truly amazing story. From a seeker on the path to obtain knowledge of the unknown, this definitely energized me to keep going to finding truth of that hidden world. Thank you.

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Amazing Story

I'm really glad that I got the audible book because I felt like I was actually experiencing the same thing as the author. I could have read the story myself, but his voice and inflections added to the overall story. I feel like I was lead to this book spiritually, and that it was needed for this particular moment in my life. We are indeed interconnected, and the sooner we get this understanding; the better it will be for the entire world. Ase'

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Culture ❤️

I love culture and reading others points of view of their experiences of spirituality and way of life

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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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Such an inspiring story

I absolutely loved this book! I really enjoyed how descriptive the author was because it really allowed me to picture their experience! I feel so inspired to ask my family what our spiritual practices are and how I can connect to spirit more.

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incredible true story

wonderful story from a fantastic teacher. short, but worth it to hear him read his story

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  • 06-10-20

Life changing

A truly immersive experience of African Spirituality, Ritual & the purposed of initiation. Beautiful testimony. I have a deep respect and love for they telling of this tale. Love to the Dagara people. Love to the Motherland. Love to the Creator. Àse

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  • 04-13-20

Enlightening

The journey Malidoma explains was so powerful and explicit. I am Blessed to have been able to envision his story.

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  • Andressa
  • 02-28-20

Humbling life story, inspirational.

Sometimes hearing a life story like this is needed to remind us to look at our own path and see if it's the one we really should be walking.

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  • Mrs PE Bhola
  • 01-07-20

Finally The Road Is Clear

I have been on my journey for 5 years now. Finally, after darkness there's light. The author has travelled before me, and now it's clear that I haven't taken the wrong steps.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-25-19

Good book

It was a good book, talking about his life and his experience. Tho it was really not what I was looking for, I was looking for a book about the spiritual aspects of water and stumble upon this one. Over all it's an very interesting story to say at least.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-08-19

An account of being betwixt and between worlds

Loved this story. A personal testimony of how indigenous practise aids in decolonisation. A hearty reccomend.

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  • Witty
  • 07-13-19

Inspirational

loved it, insightful, provocative, educational would recommend to others. I thought it would be longer though

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-07-19

A Tremendous Read

A most captivating and insightful read. It opens up a door, which has been closed due to the reprogramming of my people.

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  • K
  • 06-20-19

Fantastic

I have learnt a lot from this book listening to the importance of initiation makes me think about our society today and how lost some of our young people and even adults are lost. What the white man has inflected on our communities just seems so unforgivable but Malidoma says we have to live with love in our hearts. Hearing Malidoma narrat was very authentic it was a nice touch.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-05-19

If only it was SO easy

Excellente Vivi estas ami. Mi no estas laboras. Mi estas dormas. So no Ich bin surprise

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  • 03-12-20

So interesting

This book gives you a look into another amazing culture. If you’re interested in shamans, magic, consciousness, spirituality and rituals, this book is for you