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Book details
  • SubGenre:Spirituality / General
  • Language:English
  • Pages:208
  • Format:Paperback
  • Paperback ISBN:9781667838731

The Way of the Elders

West African Spirituality & Tradition

by Adama & Naomi Doumbia

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The Way of the Elders is a compendium of cherished beliefs, rituals, ceremonies, and healing practices of the West African spiritual tradition, with a specific focus on the Mande, one of the most prominent groups of West Africa.
Contemporary West African culture harbors rich and meaningful spiritual traditions. Yet, there are few written records of West Africa's major beliefs, rituals, and ceremonies. The Way of the Elders co-authored by a West African native raised in the Mande tradition offers rare and authentic insight into the spirituality of West Africa, and particularly the Mande culture. This spiritual guidebook explains fundamental beliefs, such as reverence for the One Spirit, that permeate tribal life. Offerings, charms, herbal healing, shamans and their functions, the importance of wildlife, and the four elements of nature are discussed in detail. The second half of the book is devoted to sacred living and focuses on village life, sacred music and dance, pregnancy, birth, childhood initiation, marriage, death, and funerals.
About the author
Born of Bamana and Fulani parents in Dakar, Senegal, Adama Kenbougoul Doumbia (Ken for short) grew up in the villages of Senegal and Mali, where he was raised by his elders who taught him extensively about African traditions and mystical practices. He has since traveled the globe as a master drummer and dancer with internationally renowned companies such as Ballet du Senegal and Afrique Noire. Mr. Doumbia has lived in Europe, Asia and North America, where he has had the opportunity to integrate and contrast his knowledge with other cultures and, most importantly, recognize the deep importance of teaching and passing down this sacred African wisdom. With a Ph.D. in Comparative Philosophy and Religion from C.I.I.S., American-born and raised Naomi Doumbia has studied the philosophies and religions of the world and spends most of her time abroad in Africa and Asia writing and conducting research. Through her work, Dr. Doumbia aspires to bring to light the healing and transformative powers of the world's mystical, spiritual traditions.
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