Divination in Bunyoro, Uganda
Published in: Magic, witchcraft and curing, edited by John
Magic, witchcraft and curing, edited by John
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
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Information sources listed in other works (113);
Spirits and gods (776);
Sacred objects and places (778);
Revelation and divination (787);
Magicians and diviners (791);
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 ID: fk11-006
references (p. 321-330)
Ian Skoggard ;
Nyoro (African people)