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This certain choice of essays by way of a superb overseas crew of Africanists demonstrates the crucial function that divination maintains to play all through Africa in keeping 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 reviews, and anthropology.
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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). Future diviners usually undergo a lengthy period of formal training. Yoruba diviners are trained for at least ten years in the branches of knowledge on which Ifa divination is based (Abimbola 1976; see also Bascom 1969:81–90 and McClelland 1982:85–95). Yaka diviners complete a rigorous yearlong training in medicinal preparations and the special divination language (Huber 1965).
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Three The philosopher Lévy Bruhl concluded that divination works for its practitioners but on the basis of a type of logic different from that of educated Europeans (1966); he thereby erroneously excluded "the mystical in our own culture as rigorously as he excluded the empirical in savage cultures," according to EvansPritchard (1965:91). Durk Page 6 heim's approach to religion as a system of ideas and values that could be studied objectively presents a far more sympathetic perspective than had developed in England.
The initiate then remains inside his hut for a short period; six days is a figure often cited. This sacrificial rite is essential, the Atuot explain, for the man to gain the ability Page 46 to look for, and later see, a jok within the walls of a hut or inside the body of an individual. It is then known that the younger man ca puoce tiet, "has come to know the ways of powers. " The theme of separation, seclusion, and reintegration is evident in this rite of initiation. When the new tiet later performs a ritual of divination or exorcism, he acts as a mediator between two worlds, separated from the human realm in order to establish communication with the suprahuman.