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This distinctive choice of essays through a good overseas team of Africanists demonstrates the important function that divination keeps to play all through Africa in preserving cultural platforms and in guiding human motion. African Divination structures bargains insights for present discussions in comparative epistemology, cross-cultural psychology, cognition experiences, semiotics, ethnoscience, non secular experiences, and anthropology.

"This quantity of finely crafted case reports can be the automobile for an enormous basic conception of divination.... it is a ebook overflowing with principles that would powerfully stimulate extra research." ― Journal of formality Studies

"The essays during this assortment supply a really priceless review of either the variety of African divination structures and of contemporary ways to their study." ― Choice

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The disparaging comments characteristic of his contemporary, the missionary Henri Junod, are absent.  He returned to southern Africa but conducted no further research before ill health forced his retirement to England in 1887. Callaway records four types of Zulu diviners (1970:259–374 and 1871–72: 177–79; see also Fernandez 1967 and Fernandez's afterword to the present anthology).  Stick diviners employ three sticks, which leap toward the client and fix themselves on "that part of the body which corresponds with that which is diseased in the patient" (1871–72: 178) In bone divination, animals' bones (each assigned a meaning) are cast and the diviner interprets their arrangement.

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