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Malidoma Patrice Some' - Dagara Cosmology - Part 2

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"For the Dagara, cosmology begins with the story of creation.  In the beginning there was no earth as we know it.  In its place was a burning planet, a ball of fire combusting at high speed.  Therefore, fire is the first element of the Dagara wheel.  Fire is present in everything, and everything needs fire.  It was not until this moving and burning sphere encountered a huge body of water that things began to change.  Water became the second element in the cosmological wheel.  The shock resulting from the collision of fire and water not only slowed the combustion process, but also chased fire into the underworld, leaving the surface as a hot steamy place, fertile for the breeding of all kinds of life forms.  This surface, hospitable to life, is what is known as earth, which constitutes the third elemental principal of the Dagara cosmological wheel.  The various hard components of the earth provide structure and connection and are known as mineral or stone, the fourth element in the cosmological.wheel.

Meanwhile, a steam of great density formed the atmosphere around the earth.  (These images translate imperfectly into Western terms; think of them as poetic rather than scientific descriptions.)  As the steam expanded, its pressure began to subside.  The reduction of atmospheric pressure was conducive to the birth of life,and thus the fifth element, vegetative nature, came into being." The Healing Wisdom of Africa

 Educated in the West,Dr.Some holds three masters and two Ph.Ds.and is the author of four books,including his autobiography:"Of Water and The Spirit".and"The Healing Wisdom of Africa".Dr.Some'an initiated Elder and shaman or high priest-will expound on the significance of"Initiating Change" As a house quest of BabaWesley Gray and his wife SpiritChange,.Malidoma shared his story.

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