Malidoma Some

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Matthew Fox notes that " Much of Malidoma's teaching is about the value of a rite of passage, especially for boys. And what happens when rites of passage are absent." [1] interview

In 1995 Mother Jones writes: "A few years ago, at his tribal elders’ direction, Malidoma Some gave up a comfortable professorial position teaching African culture at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to travel the U.S. teaching African initiation and rituals in a more grassroots manner. The 39-year-old native of the Dagara tribe in the small West African nation of Burkina Faso quickly became a favorite of such men’s work leaders as Robert Bly and Michael Meade. More recently, Malidoma has led or contributed to workshops for both sexes and mixed races, often in the company of his wife Sobonfu." [2]


  • The Healing Wisdom of Africa (Tarcher, 1999) [3]
  • Ritual (Penguin Arkana)

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