Malidoma Patrice Somé

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Malidoma Patrice Somé
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Occupation Author
Known for Workshops, lectures
Website http://www.malidoma.com/

Malidoma Patrice Somé (born 1956) is a West African writer. He was born into the Dagara people in Dano, Burkina Faso. Somé writes books and teaches workshops on West African spirituality. He currently lives on the West Coast of the United States.

Background[edit]

At age four, Somé was forcefully removed from the Dagara by his father, and taken to a Jesuit boarding school where he was provided with a Western education by priests who were determined to create another black priest.[1][2] After enduring 16 years of physical and emotional abuse by the priests, he left this school when he was twenty, and returned to the village of his birth.[2][3] Upon his return, integration into his traditional tribal religion and customs was difficult, due to his long absence from his culture and his apparent indoctrination into Christianity and a "white man's world". Elders from the village believed that Somé's ancestral spirit had withdrawn from his body and that he should undergo a dangerous, month-long initiation process called Baor, an initiation among Dagara males which is believed to reunite soul and body.[4]

Somé says the Dagara believe that each person is born with a destiny, and he or she is given a name that reflects that destiny.[3] Somé says his name, Malidoma, means "he who makes friends with the enemy/stranger."[1][5] Somé believes it is his destiny to come to Western audiences and promote an understanding between Western and indiginenous cultures.[1]

After living in the west for about 10 years, while completing a PhD at Brandeis University, Somé went back to Burkina Faso for an arranged marriage to Sobonfu Somé, another member of the Dagara tribe.[6] They have since divorced.[7]

Education[edit]

Somé holds three Master's degrees and two doctorates from the Sorbonne and Brandeis University.[1][4]

Somé currently conducts Kontomble initiation and divination retreats and other workshops in the US and Europe.[8][9]

Bibliography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Somé, Malidoma Patrice (1999). The Healing Wisdom of Africa. New York: Tarcher/Putnam. pp. 1–15. ISBN 0-87477-991-X. 
  2. ^ a b "Somé, Malidoma Patrice @ Enclyclopedia.com". Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Somé, Malidoma Patrice (1994). Of Water and Spirit: Ritual, Magic and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman. New York: Tarcher/Putnam. ISBN 978-0-87477-762-8. 
  4. ^ a b Taylor, Bron; Chester, David (2008). Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature. A&C Black. pp. 1581–1582. ISBN 978-1847062734. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "Biography of Malidoma Patrice Some, Author of Of Water and the Spirit", in Religious Traditions of Africa and the African Diaspora, by the members of Honors AFAM 220 (Spring 1997/ Spring 1999/ Spring 2001).
  6. ^ "Out of Africa: a message...". The Independent. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Insights at the Edge". Sounds True. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  8. ^ Somé, Malidoma Patrice (2007). "Malidoma.com". 
  9. ^ Ancestral Wisdom Bridge Foundation: Somé's "Indigenous African Spirit Technologies" group, with schedule and fees for his events.

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