By Philip M. Peek
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This designated selection of essays via a superb foreign staff of Africanists demonstrates the vital function that divination keeps to play all through Africa in conserving cultural structures and in guiding human motion. African Divination platforms deals insights for present discussions in comparative epistemology, cross-cultural psychology, cognition reports, semiotics, ethnoscience, non secular stories, and anthropology.
"This quantity of finely crafted case experiences is additionally the motor vehicle for an immense normal concept of divination.... this can be a ebook overflowing with rules that might powerfully stimulate additional research." ― Journal of formality Studies
"The essays during this assortment supply a truly necessary review of either the variety of African divination structures and of contemporary methods to their study." ― Choice
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These accounts contain remarkable similarities to the associations with divination encountered in African cultures, such as liminality and androgyny, which are discussed later in this volume by Peek. While God "blinded" Page 38 humans to the "real" reasons for events, simultaneously divination was made available so they might "see" and still find meaning and order in their lives. Using Shona divining tablet markings, Huffman interprets similar markings on soapstone birds from the Great Zimbabwe ruins, thus suggesting a sevenhundredyear time depth for that divination system (1985).
Because of its primacy, divination is counted among the most ancient traditions of African cultures, as it is of other cultures. These accounts contain remarkable similarities to the associations with divination encountered in African cultures, such as liminality and androgyny, which are discussed later in this volume by Peek. While God "blinded" Page 38 humans to the "real" reasons for events, simultaneously divination was made available so they might "see" and still find meaning and order in their lives.
At last the man is very ill, and they go to the diviners to enquire. 4 It is difficult for them to see the truth; they continually talk nonsense, and make false statements, until all the man's cattle are devoured at their command, they saying that the spirit of his people demands cattle, that it may eat food. At length all the man's property is expended, he being still ill; and they no longer know what to do, for he has no more cattle, and his friends help him in such things as he needs. ' It is for that reason and no other that he does not get well.
African Divination Systems: Ways of Knowing (African Systems of Thought) by Philip M. Peek