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Finding meaning in the text: The process of interpretation in text-based divination

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Some systems of divination are used to select particular sections of text, which are typically arcane and erudite, in which lies the answer to the particular, pressing problems of the client. Celebrated examples of such systems are the Chinese 1 Ching and the Yoruba Ifa. Werbner's work on Kalanga and Tswapong divination provides a case-study of the detailed praxis in such systems. Diviners have 3 multiple role when a divination technique selects a text. At each consultation they must satisfy ...

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10.1111/1467-9655.00060

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Social Sciences Division - Anthropology and Museum Ethnography,School of - Social and Cultural Anthropology,Institute of
Publisher:
Royal Anthropological Institute Publisher's website
Journal:
Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute Journal website
Volume:
7
Issue:
2
Pages:
225-240
Publication date:
2001-06-05
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ISSN:
1359-0987
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uuid:da0bee03-0df5-46c7-85b5-c94af415411d
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ora:4737
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