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

By Philip M. Peek

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This targeted number of essays through a very good overseas workforce of Africanists demonstrates the vital position that divination keeps to play all through Africa in protecting 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, spiritual experiences, and anthropology.

"This quantity of finely crafted case experiences is usually the motor vehicle for an incredible common concept of divination.... it is a ebook overflowing with rules that may powerfully stimulate additional research." ― Journal of formality Studies

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Variously called "heavenly" or "free" divinities, these powers affect everyone in a like manner.  They manifest in domestic contexts and are more numerous than the spiritual agents.  This earthly category of suprahuman phenomena actually defines the world of Nilotic possession and divination and thus is the focus of discussion in this essay.  The afflicted individual and the community to which he or she belongs commonly are transformed significantly by the experience.  Evans­Pritchard 1956:63–105).

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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.  And people begin to see that he has had what is good given to him.  he habitually sheds tears, at first slight, and at last he weeps aloud, and in the middle of the night, when the people are asleep, he is heard making a noise, and wakes the people by singing; he has composed a song, and men and women awake and go to sing in concert with him.

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