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In the Dagara tribe of West Africa, women are valued as the source of the world's wisdom. They are valued as dreamers, as diviners, as the backbone of the community; the core of human survival. But what can the teachings of this indigenous culture show us that will transform the way we live?

On Women's Wisdom from the Heart of Africa, Sobonfu Somé, author, teacher, and the first woman empowered by the Dagara elders to impart their teachings to the West, invites you to peer into a world where people remain closely connected to nature, their ancestors, and spirit, and to learn how to use powerful rituals to restore balance within yourself and with those around you.

Sobonfu Somé, whose name means "keeper of the rituals", was raised in her small village and sent by her elders to continue her education in the United States. With Women's Wisdom from the Heart of Africa, Somé shares authentic spiritual teachings of her tribe that were formerly handed down only within the circle of Dagara village life.

These teachings are founded on a worldview that honors animals, plants, and trees as our elders, and human beings as the newcomers. From this revered relationship with the natural world, we learn how to live in unity with our environment, and create a deeper connection with spirit. How do we find this connection to spirit? For the Dagara, ritual is the gateway. Distilling the essential practices of her people, Sobonfu Somé shows you how to check in with spirit to receive guidance, observe the sacred spaces of your home, harness the energy of the elements, strengthen your relationships, create balance in your professional life, and much more.

What are your unique gifts? What were you born to contribute? What can your community do to assist you? These questions are asked of every unborn Dagara child while still in the womb. Now, you have the chance to explore these and other questions, and to discover your inimitable gift as a woman with Women's Wisdom from the Heart of Africa.

©2007 Sobonfu Somé (P)2007 Sobonfu Somé

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  • Schuyler
  • 07-10-2016

So beautifully and authentically expressed!

This book is a true gem! I feel revived and refreshed after listening to Sobonfu's pearls of wisdom regarding the feminine spirit and have a deeper understanding of what it is to be woman and what it takes to bring balance back to myself and back to the world. I am so deeply grateful for this audiobook!

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  • Bianca
  • 18-09-2016

Healing the Indigenous Woman

This book/story really touched my heart & made me feel at home with the natural rituals I seemed to have always practiced. Thank you for providing this ancestral knowledge to the next generation of mothers out here.

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  • Eclectic Chic
  • 16-07-2016

Wonderful introduction to African feminine

What did you love best about Women’s Wisdom from the Heart of Africa?

I enjoyed the in depth information of this African culture's female ways of initiation and wisdom. Having a first hand look from someone within the specific tradition was a rare privilege.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Women’s Wisdom from the Heart of Africa?

The knowledge and watchfulness of the Elders over the young initiates in their spiritual travels during initiation.

What does Sobonfu Somé bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Here voice and soothing yet expressive manner truly bring the story and her feelings behind it to life.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

As a student of Dreams and Dream interpretation, I appreciate the insight of how this particular tribe/group are taught at an early age to call their Soul back in the morning upon waking because it has been traveling in the Spiritual world during sleep and the importance of starting the day with prayer to set the tone.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-04-2018

WOW

This book is TRANSFORMING the way I see the world. I understand ritual now. You go girl! She lives on in the power of her voice — it IS a tornado. ♡

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  • MissP
  • 13-02-2018

Excellent Resource and Well of Wisdom

Thoroughly appreciated the wisdom of this book. certainly a treasure left by Mrs. Somé. Her thorough explanation and details provide so much insight into the culture was quite refreshing to hear.

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  • Cynthia Norman
  • 19-11-2017

The Most Mind Expanding book i've ever read

Men dominate our world of thinking and thus books. This woman surpasses any book, lecture, meditation, movie done by a man. It is because women have a wisdom that is not male. Not to belittle men/the male, but women will be much better women after hearing this...it speak to our souls and rang true, for me, more than anything ever.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-08-2017

good listen

author's voice very relaxing, allowing me to feel and see her words. I feel empowered.

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  • Monica
  • 15-06-2017

Great Listen

Beautifully Moving and Inspiring. it stirred my spirit and soul. It brought new meaning to many aspects of my life.

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  • bella donna
  • 08-04-2017

The power of words

I love this book, and I'm so glad that the reading is by her too. Sobonfu Somé, has reignited the passion for my path. Through her wisdom, the importance of African voices, for the world at large, and for Africans in particular, has been reinforced. Her lyricism, and poetic prose, serve to highlight the wisdom of her words. It deeply saddens me to realise, in relishing these words, how limited our access is to voices like this. But in, what I view as, true Sobonfu Somé fashion, I shall take this grief as a call to action.

This is a guidance that all women deserve! That the world needs. With deepest gratitude, I commit these words to stone.

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  • Carmen Cain
  • 21-03-2016

Reconnection Made With Loss Traditions

Im both enriched and empowered by being educated of hidden and lost traditions of Africa