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Publisher Comments:

?The stories within these books have the poignancy of new discoveries as well as the unworn imagination of the ancestors. The commentary has the sharp edge of modern thought and the intricacy which results from the intellect being woven through the ritual complexities of tribal life. The purpose of constructing thresholds that bring this world together is to find the powers that can heal the rends in tribal as well as modern communities.? --Michael Meade, from the Introduction Versed in the languages of psychology, comparative literature, as well as ancient mythology, healing, and divination, Malidoma Patrice Some bridges paths between the ancient tribal world of the West African Dagara culture and modern Western society. Ritual is written with wild imagination, careful critical reflection, and intuitive insights that will force the reader to encounter the world anew.

Synopsis:

In what Robert Bly calls", the greatest and most detailed book about ritual that I have ever read", Malidoma Patrice Some--who is well-versed in the languages of psychology and comparative literature, as well as ancient mythology, healing and divination--bridges paths between the ancient tribal world of the West African Dagara culture and modern Western society.

About the Author

Malidoma Patrice Somé, born in Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) West Africa, is initiated in the ancestral traditions of his tribe, and is a medicine man and diviner in the Dagra culture. He holds three master's degrees and two doctorates from Sorbonne and Brandeis University, and has taught at the University of Michigan. He currently devotes himself to speaking and, with his wife, Sobonfu, conducting intensive workshops throughout the United States.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: by Michael Meade

My Beginnings in Ritual

The Dimensions of Ritual

Ritual: The Anti-Machine

Pain and Ritual

Ritual, Ceremony and Us

Our Role in Ritual

The Hidden Space of Ritual

Ritual as Show

Power on Display

Sabotaging Ritual Space

Ritual and Community

Models of Ritual and Constraints of the Modern World

Money and Spirit

Power and Corruption

The Structure of Ritual

A Ritual Sampler: The Funeral and the Language of Grief

Invocation and the Funeral Ritual

The Re-enactment

Speeches and the Pyre

Modernity and Death

The Farewell

How to Ritualize Life

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140195583
Author:
Some, Malidoma Patrice
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Some', Malidoma Patrice
Location:
New York, N.Y. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
Dagari (African people) -- Rites and ceremonies.
Subject:
Dagaaba (African people) -- Rites and ceremonies.
Subject:
Mental & Spiritual Healing
Subject:
Sociology - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Compass
Publication Date:
19971231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
8.47x5.50x.34 in. .24 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , In what Robert Bly calls", the greatest and most detailed book about ritual that I have ever read", Malidoma Patrice Some--who is well-versed in the languages of psychology and comparative literature, as well as ancient mythology, healing and divination--bridges paths between the ancient tribal world of the West African Dagara culture and modern Western society.

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