African Ritual and Initiation, Part II,withMalidoma Patrice Some (1956 – 2021)

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This video is a special release from the original Thinking Allowed series that ran on public television from 1986 until 2002. It was recorded in about 1994.

Malidoma Patrice Some is a shaman of the Dagara tribe from the west African nation of Bakiri Faso (formerly Upper Volta).  He is author of Ritual: Power, Healing and Community and Of Water and the Spirit. Dr. Some describes his own initiation into the shamanistic practices of the Dagara people.  He suggests that the elders of the Dagara community were skilled in creating doorways through which practitioners could pass into other dimensions of reality — the dimension of pure life energy and the dimension of the ancestors.  In a very moving fashion, he describes his sense of loving unification with the beings that inhabit these dimensions

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Published on February 19, 2022


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