African Divination Systems: Ways of Knowing (African Systems by Philip M. Peek

By Philip M. Peek

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This specified selection of essays through a superb overseas team of Africanists demonstrates the critical position that divination maintains to play all through Africa in retaining cultural structures and in guiding human motion. African Divination platforms deals insights for present discussions in comparative epistemology, cross-cultural psychology, cognition stories, semiotics, ethnoscience, non secular experiences, and anthropology.

"This quantity of finely crafted case stories is usually the motor vehicle for a massive normal thought of divination.... it is a e-book overflowing with principles that would powerfully stimulate additional research." ― Journal of formality Studies

"The essays during this assortment offer a really priceless assessment of either the variety of African divination structures and of modern techniques to their study." ― Choice

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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.  That is, by the Itongo in a dream. , the dead, the Amatongo.  The supposed voice of the familiar spirits is always in a shrill, whistling tone; hence they are called imilozi.

Yoruba babalawo are examined extensively on the branches of Ifa knowledge, while Zulu diviners must demonstrate the clarity of their special vision by readily finding lost objects (as is done by Ndembu diviners: Turner 1975:261–62).  In fact, the Yoruba and Malagasy have divination schools, and the Bena Lulua have formal diviners' associations headed by "queens" (McLean and Solomon 1971:26). References See reference list at end of main introduction. " At last the man is very ill, and they go to the diviners to enquire.

And the man and the familiar spirits ask questions of each other and converse.  It is therefore difficult to understand that it is a deception, when we hear many voices speaking with the man who has familiar spirits, and him too speaking with them.  Be quiet, and see if the Amatongo do not give him commands at night in his sleep.  When men are perishing, being destroyed by sorcerers, he goes and digs up the poisons, and purifies those whom the sorcerers are poisoning. " 30 They cause him to compose songs, and the people of his home assemble and beat tune to the song the Amatongo have caused him to compose—the song of initiation, a song of professional skill.

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