"This volume of finely crafted case studies is also the vehicle for an important general theory of divination.... this is a book overflowing with ideas that will powerfully stimulate further research." -- Journal of Ritual Studies
"The essays in this collection provide a very useful overview of both the diversity of African divination systems and of recent approaches to their study." -- Choice
This unique collection of essays by an exceptional international group of Africanists demonstrates the central role that divination continues to play throughout Africa in maintaining cultural systems and in guiding human action. African Divination Systems offers insights for current discussions in comparative epistemology, cross-cultural psychology, cognition studies, semiotics, ethnoscience, religious studies, and anthropology.
"This volume of finely crafted case studies is also the vehicle for an important general theory of divination... this is a book overflowing with ideas that will powerfully stimulate further research." Journal of Ritual Studies "The essays in this collection provide a very useful overview of both the diversity of African divination systems and of recent approaches to their study." Choice
Acknowledgments Introduction The Study of Divination, Present and Past Philip M. Peek Part One. Becoming a Diviner The Initiation of a Zulu Diviner Henry Callaway Part Two. The Search for Knowledge Nilotic Cosmology and the Divination of Atuot Philosophy John W. Burton Divination in Madagascar: The Antemoro Case and the Diffusion of Divination Pierre Verin and Narivelo Rajaonarimanana Part Three. Cultural Systems within Divination Systems Diviners as Alienists and Annunciators among the Batammaliba of Togo Rudolph Blier Divination Among the Lobi of Burkina Faso Piet Meyer Divination and the Hunt in Pagibeti Ideology Alden Almquist Mediumistic Divination among the Northern Yaka of Zaire: Etiology and Ways of Knowing Rene Devisch Part Four. Divination, Epistemology, and Truth Splitting Truths from Darkness: Epistemological Aspects of Temne Divination Rosalind Shaw Knowledge and Power in Nyole Divination Susan Reynolds Whyte Simultaneity and Sequencing in the Oracular Speech of Kenyan Diviners David Parkin Part Five. Toward a New Approach to Divination African Divination Systems: Non-Normal Modes of Cognition Philip M. Peek Afterword James W. Fernandez Contributors Index