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Title:An-bere: a traditional form of Temme divination
Author:Shaw, RosalindISNI
Year:1978
Periodical:Africana Research Bulletin
Volume:9
Issue:1-2
Pages:3-24
Language:English
Geographic term:Sierra Leone
Subjects:divination
Temne
Abstract:Tradition states that an-bere is the oldest form of divination used among the Temme of Sierra Leone. Basically it consists of casting and lining up into an interpretable pattern a number of river pebbles and/or cowrie shells, though the precise technique can vary widely from diviner to diviner. The present article describes the technique of an-bere and explains aspects of its interpretation in the wider context of Temme culture and society. Fig., notes, ref.
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