Malidoma Patrice Some was born in Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso), West Africa. Initiated in the ancestral traditions of his tribe, he is a medicine man and diviner. He holds three master’s degrees, as well as Ph.D.s from the Sorbonne and Brandeis. For three years he taught literature at the University of Michigan.
Some's mission to form a spiritual connection between African and Western spiritual traditions began after he was kidnapped from his tribe at the age of four, only to escape and return to his tribe when he was twenty to learn its language and spiritual traditions. The experience shaped his approach to intercultural dialogue, especially in his effort to respond to such events with reconciliation rather than increased hostility.
A popular speaker at men’s movement meetings across the country, he discusses tribal customs and daily life, spiritual beliefs, the world of the ancestors, and the life-giving process of initiation.
- An emphasis on global healing through traditional African spiritual practices
- A perspective that bridges African and Western belief and value systems
- Attunement to the importance of ancestors