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Divination set, south east Africa, before 1934

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Carved from bone, this decorated set was used for divination. Divination is the attempt to predict the future from signs and symbols and has been used for thousands of years to forecast the course of an illness or determine the best treatment. When cast the pattern made by the bone pieces was interpreted by a diviner. The set came originally from along the Zambezi River in south east Africa.

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    Glossary: divination sets

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    Glossary: divination

    The practice of seeking knowledge of the future through the interpretation of omens or other supernatural means.