Burkina Faso

What Ritual Can Do

The focus here is not on ritual itself, but on opening up something in hearts and spirits that has been locked away so long that individuals can barely remember the source. Who can create ritual in its proper space and sequence when there are no elders? Who is there who remembers the old ways, the ancient ways, the ways of the heart, the ways of the spirit that reach to the depths of the soul in its grief?

—Malidoma Patrice Somé
Ritual: Power, Healing and Community
1993

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