Malidoma P. Somé – Author, West African elder, professor will be speaking at Augsburg College, Haverstein Chapel, Foss Center on Friday, February 11, 3:30-5 p.m. and Saturday, February 12, Noon-1pm. More info about this FREE event at: www.augsburg.edu/convo or call 612.330.1104.
Malidoma Somé is an initiated elder in his village in Dano, Burkina Faso, W. Africa. He travels throughout the world carrying a message of hope, healing, and reconciliation through the powerful tools of ritual and community building. He holds a PhD from the Sorbonne in Paris and from Brandeis University.
” It is possible that we have been brought together at this time because we have profound truths to teach each other. Toward that end, I offer the wisdom of the African ancestors so that Westerners might find the deep healing they seek. From an indigenous perspective, the individual psyche can be healed only by addressing one’s relationships with the visible worlds of nature and community and one’s relationships with the invisible forces of the ancestors and Spirit allies.
The spark of this ancestral flame, which I have brought to the land of the stranger, is now burning brightly. Increasingly, I have been and will be encouraging westerners to embody these traditions as a testimony to the indigenous capacity to assert itself with dignity in the face of modernity. In this way the ancestors will know that this medicine has found a true home- that it is more than an honored guest. “
He is has written 3 books: The Healing Wisdom of Africa, Of Water and the Spirit, and Ritual: Power, Healing and Community (Pagan Review). He walks as a bridge between two disparate worlds as many of us are doing at this moment on Earth. Check him out at www.malidoma.com
Malidoma is an awesome elder and inspirational speaker! Pagans may need to make a personal “translation” of his message; much of his work is aimed directly at the philosophies of the Abrahamic faiths. It is worth the often $25 fee charged to just hear him speak, and this is FREE!