By Philip M. Peek
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This special choice of essays via an excellent overseas crew of Africanists demonstrates the critical position that divination keeps to play all through Africa in protecting cultural structures and in guiding human motion. African Divination platforms bargains insights for present discussions in comparative epistemology, cross-cultural psychology, cognition reports, semiotics, ethnoscience, spiritual experiences, and anthropology.
"This quantity of finely crafted case reports is usually the car for a tremendous common idea of divination.... this can be a booklet overflowing with rules that would powerfully stimulate extra research." ― Journal of formality Studies
"The essays during this assortment supply a truly important evaluation of either the range of African divination platforms and of modern methods to their study." ― Choice
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And then he leaps about the house like a frog; and the house becomes too small for him, and he goes out, leaping and singing, and shaking like a reed in the water, and dripping with perspiration. " Then he is quiet for a few days, having gone to the inyanga to have ubulawo churned for him; and he comes back quite another man, being now cleansed and an inyanga indeed. The familiar spirits do not begin by explaining omens which occur among the people; they begin by speaking with him whose familiars they are, and making him acquainted with what is about to happen, and then he divines for the people.
Many dreams are supposed to be caused or sent by the Amatongo [ancestors], but not all. Diviners are said to have "soft" heads. Hence to have "eaten impepo" means to be a trustworthy diviner. "Treated with blood," that is, of sacrifices. 14]. Or, he is possessed by your people. When he leaves off medicines, he is better and takes a little food. , the power to divine. They retire to rest doubtful whether they shall find him still living at daybreak. , that it is affected in that way which is followed by the power to divine.
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African Divination Systems: Ways of Knowing (African Systems of Thought) by Philip M. Peek