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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 I Ching and the Yoruba Ifá. Werbner's work on Kalanga and Tswapong divination provides a case-study of the detailed praxis in such systems. Diviners have a multiple role when a divination technique selects a text. At each consultation they must satisfy ...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1111/1467-9655.00060

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
SAME
Sub department:
Social & Cultural Anthropology
Role:
Author
Publisher:
John Wiley and Sons Publisher's website
Journal:
Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute Journal website
Volume:
7
Issue:
2
Pages:
225-240
Publication date:
2001-06-01
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EISSN:
1467-9655
ISSN:
1359-0987
Source identifiers:
285650
Language:
English
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pubs:285650
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2013-11-17

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