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Of Water and Spirit

Ritual Magic and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman
Narrated by: Malidoma Patrice Somé
Length: 3 hrs
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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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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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  • LC
  • 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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  • Afi Lydia
  • Hyattsville, Maryland, United States
  • 03-06-15

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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intensely Beautiful

I bought two more books from this author and I cannot wait to start reading.

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Awakening

I settled into listening to this for an entire afternoon in my sacred space. The author's narration was touching, humorous at times, and most importantly very real for him. I was able to visualize quite clearly his experiences as he spoke. There are many worlds available for us to explore, and initiation is a method of awaken our latent powers. He teaches us through personal experience that we need to release the stronghold of deep seated colonial beliefs that do not serve us in fulfilling our true potential. Breaking free requires sacrifice, and we must be willing to go through it to reach the other side of our potential. Although he was understandably not able to share all of his experiences, he was still able to demonstrate to us that what we think of the world around us is definitely not all that there is. A great read/listen for those still stuck in the colonial belief systems!

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Realization

I enjoyed this book very much. The voice was calm and the words were genuine. This book has helped begin my own journey home. It has given me a better understanding of my relationship with toxic culture and what it does to my spirit.

I found myself visualizing his journey and was inspired to take my own.

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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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  • james pearce
  • 07-27-18

Loved every last bit *Hidden Gem

Malidoma tells his story beautifully and I just wish there was more to listen to, this could have been 30 hours and would have kept me interested throughout. I highly recommend !