Beattie, John. Divination in Bunyoro, Uganda

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Title: Divination in Bunyoro, Uganda

Published in: Magic, witchcraft and curing, edited by John Middleton

Published By: Magic, witchcraft and curing, edited by John Middleton Garden City, N.Y.: Published for the American Museum of Natural History [New York by] the Natural History Press, 1967. 211-231, 321-330 p.

By line: John Beattie

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2003. Computer File

Culture: Banyoro (FK11)

Subjects: Information sources listed in other works (113); Spirits and gods (776); Sacred objects and places (778); Revelation and divination (787); Magicians and diviners (791);

Abstract: Here, Beattie discusses in more detail spirit possession and divination rituals (see document no. 5.) Diviners are mostly men who travel the country offering their services. Beattie discusses three different methods of divination: mechanical, augury, and by means of spirits. Mechanical methods involve the use of charms, plant leaves, leather strips, wooden sticks, and cowry shells, the last being the most common. Augury involves the examination of the blood flow and entrails of chickens. Divination by spirits involves trances in which a spirit answers questions through a diviner. Another form of divination involved the use of fetishes such as magical horns which could talk. It is associated with sorcery.

Document Number: 6

Document ID: fk11-006

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 321-330)

Field Date: 1951-1955

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Ian Skoggard ; 2002

Coverage Date: 1951-1955

Coverage Place: Western Province, Uganda

LCSH: Nyoro (African people)


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