African Author & Documentary Challenge Western Views Of African Spirituality

Superstition. Primitive. Paganism. These are just some of the words used to describe the spiritual belief systems of indigenous Africa for centuries. Diasporic Africans across the globe challenge those views in film and with education.
Malidoma Somé, PHd
Malidoma Somé, PHd
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Albany - New York - US

Aug. 27, 2012 - PRLog -- For more than twenty years, Dr. Malidoma Somé, native of Burkina Faso, West Africa, modern-day shaman, diviner, teacher and acclaimed author of several books, including 'The Healing Wisdom of Africa', has shared the wisdom of indigenous Africa, challenging modern-day perceptions of ancient traditions that have "been subjected to the misrepresentation and stigmatization seemingly reserved for the cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa."

The Ancestral Wisdom Bridge Foundation has partnered with UK filmmaker, Longbelly Entertainment Ltd to host a special screening of their groundbreaking documentary entitled, 'Ancestral Voices: Esoteric African Knowledge' followed by a provocative lecture by Dr. Somé at the Madison Theater, Albany, NY. The documentary and lecture seek to demystify "the negative stigma and misconceptions surrounding African spirituality and investigates similar tenets found in many established mainstream religions," says the film's producers.

In producing the documentary, filmmakers Verona Spence & Dalian Adofo interviewed traditional medicine men and women (shamans) from the Greater Accra, Eastern and Ashanti regions in Ghana, West Africa as well as a range of individuals from different faiths who shared their experiences, knowledge and perceptions of traditional African spiritual practices, also called African Traditional Religion (ATR).

The documentary and accompanying lecture is open to all. Screening of the film begins at 7pm with a $10 cover charge. The lecture begins at 8:30pm with a $25 cover charge, both payable at the Madison Theater ticket counter.

This educational event is being presented by the Ancestral Wisdom Bridge Foundation, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering people through the practices of indigenous African spirit technologies as brought to the West by Dagara Elder, Dr. Malidoma Somé.
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