By Philip M. Peek
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This specified choice of essays via a very good foreign crew of Africanists demonstrates the vital position that divination keeps to play all through Africa in conserving cultural platforms and in guiding human motion. African Divination structures deals insights for present discussions in comparative epistemology, cross-cultural psychology, cognition reviews, semiotics, ethnoscience, non secular stories, and anthropology.
"This quantity of finely crafted case experiences can also be the automobile for an immense normal conception of divination.... this can be a ebook overflowing with rules that might powerfully stimulate extra research." ― Journal of formality Studies
"The essays during this assortment offer a truly necessary evaluate of either the variety of African divination structures and of contemporary techniques to their study." ― Choice
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London: British Museum. " Journal of Religion in Africa 4(1):2544. " Africa 43(1):5970. Paris: Institute d'Ethnologie. New York: Doubleday Anchor. " Journal of Religion in Africa 9(1):3350. Berkeley: University of California Press. London: Oxford University Press. New York: Doubleday Anchor. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul. Vogt, 37679. New York: Harper and Row. The Hague: Mouton. New York: Columbia University Press. New York: Schocken Books.
L). Such imagery is encountered throughout Africa, both in terms of tracking down the truth and of discovering the proper pattern of factors relevant to the client's problem. This critical Page 25 matter of diviners' crossgender identification is discussed in Peek's essay in this volume. An individual's selection may be signaled by patterned nonnormal behavior (see Blier's essay) or, as among the Bena Lulua, by a period of illness or misfortune (McLean and Solomon 1971:38). High intelligence, good memory, and especially personal control must be manifest as well, even for mediumistic diviners (see Zuesse 1979:210–11 and Bauer and Hinnant 1980:224).