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African Spirits Speak
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Table of Contents

1 In the Beginning
2 The Time of Tears
3 Where the Only Sound is Silence
4 Morongo Valley, Meditation. and Mother Earth
5 The Weaving Thread
6 The Emerging Pattern
7 The Work Begins
8 The Second Night
9 Herbs and Politics
10 Spirit Riffles and Porcupine Quills
11 Alina
12 Herbs to Cure, Herbs to Hide, and Spirit Names
13 The Initiation
14 Learning to Divine
15 The Work Goes on and Western Worries
16 Return to the Bush
17 Killings and Drummings
18 Madota Thanks the Spirits
19 Spirit-Speak
20 Clients and Lessons
21 Farewell for Now
22 Back into the Motherhood
23 Return to Africa
24 Passages
25 Visiting Balfour
26 Prayers, Transmigrations, and Strange Happenings
27 Dreadlocked and Oiled
28 A Meeting about Children
29 Whisks, Warps, and Visions
30 A Country Reborn
33 Elections
34 Giving Thanks

About the Author

Nicky Arden is the former director of San Diego Youth and CommunityServices, a social service agency. She and her husband divide their timebetween San Diego, California, and Johannesburg, South Africa.

Reviews

"A fascinating account of [the author's] search for acceptance by a tribal community. . . . Highly recommended for collections on social sciences, women's studies, and spirituality." * Library Journal *
"A strong and unusually concrete spiritual memoir." * Kirkus Reviews *
"African Spirits Speak is a poignant initiatory dive into the self.. . .Nicky Arden brings courage and wisdom back from her journeys to share with us all. The clear bell that she rings is truly a gift." * Malidoma Some, author of The Healing Wisdom of Africa *
"A rich earthy, heart-wrenching account, this is a difficult book to put down once the journey has begun; the reader is advised to set aside plenty of time to absorb it. " * Napra ReView, May/June 1999 *

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