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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Footprints of the future: Dogon fox divination
Author:Beek, Walter E.A. vanISNI
Year:2005
Periodical:Mande Studies
Volume:7
Pages:69-88
Language:English
Geographic term:Mali
Subjects:divination
Dogon
rituals
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/44078838
Abstract:This paper presents an ethnographic description of fox divination among the Dogon of Mali. It describes the preparation of the spot where the fox ('Vulpes pallida' or desert fox) is meant to leave its traces, the framework of the divination bed, the interpretation of the fox's traces among the signs and symbols on the divination bed, questions asked by the diviner, examples of problems and answers, the relation between the diviner and his clients, the funeral and funeral feast when the fox has died, the introduction of a new diviner to the fox, and the fox's knowledge of the future. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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