I think of the children who will never know, intuitively, that a flower is a plant’s way of making love, or what silence sounds like, or that trees breathe out what we breathe in.
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Malidoma Patrice Somé is a native of Burkina Faso in West Africa. He holds two doctorates and is the author of Ritual: Power, Healing, and Community (Swan/Raven & Company). He lives in Oakland, California.
This year the millet fields had been generous and the harvest good. The hard work of collecting and transporting grain from the farm to the house roofs, where it waited to be put into the granaries, was over. Now, in the fallow dry season, the villagers turned their attention to spiritual matters — to initiation.