#444 – An African Shaman’s Wisdom for The West with Malidoma Somé PhD

Malidoma Some

Malidoma Patrice Somé Ph.D. is from Burkina Faso, West Africa. In his native language, Malidoma means “be friends with the stranger”. A gifted medicine man of the Dagara tribe, he holds three master’s degrees and two doctorates, from the Sorbonne and Brandeis. He is the author of ‘Of Water and the Spirit’. He is a spokesperson and storyteller of the African Wisdom tradition.

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  1. Posted March 8, 2015 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    Thank you for this feast of information from Malidoma which I find so powerful in expanding the Western perspective. The ideas were drawn out by very insightful questions by the interviewer. A very valuable interview.

  2. Max
    Posted March 13, 2015 at 2:51 am | Permalink

    Loved this interview! Absolutely wonderful and Dr Some was so articulate and gets the message across so well. I really resonated a lot with his words on many topics. I also congratulate Dr Dave on his approach to this interview. Many people from Western backgrounds with a psychological persuasion would not be so open to shamanism, and especially as a lot of what Malidoma says is about magical things. Although Dave admits that he finds magic hard to deal with, he is still open enough to talk about it honestly. Well done and great interview!

  3. Maryse Uriodain
    Posted April 7, 2015 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    What a wonderful interview!… Dr Dave asks interesting questions…

    I love Mr Some’s enthusiasm and passion. It is contagious…:-)

  4. Rich Featherly
    Posted April 29, 2015 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    Malidoma took a while to get warmed up, but boy did he shine when he got going. He also realized that your conversation inspired him. I love his take on the relative reality of this world, health, evil, and mental illness. He seemed very insightful, both intelligent and wise.

  5. Rich Featherly
    Posted September 20, 2016 at 6:40 am | Permalink

    I just cited this show in a class forum for the MSW program that I am in at Michigan State. I used your example of the APA citation for Shrink Rap Radio.

  6. Posted September 20, 2016 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    Thanks, Rich! 🙂 Good luck with your studies!

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