“Unless the relationship between the living and the dead is in balance, chaos ensues,” he says.
“The Dagara believe that, if such an imbalance exists, it is the duty of the living to heal their ancestors.
If these ancestors are not healed, their sick energy will haunt the souls and psyches
of those who are responsible for helping them.” The rituals focus on healing the relationship with our ancestors,
both specific issues of an individual ancestor and the larger cultural issues contained in our past.
Dr. Somé has seen extraordinary healing occur at these rituals.