Divination may be a special gift of naturalism.
Dr Abe V Rotor
Take the case of water diviner (not the movie) – one who can detect the source of ground water by mere perception.
A kindly old man from Baclaran, a foreigner who has been in the country for years, is known for his special gift as a “water diviner”. He was hired to locate a reliable source of water for a piggery project in Macabebe, Pampanga. Previous to this there was a newly constructed well which ran dry. This is the story related to me by the project manager.
Divination in the ancient world
First he prayed, then looked from a perfect Y-shape branch of guava and cut it like a big frame of a slingshot (tirador). Holding the smaller ends in each hand, and pointing the common end to the ground, he scoured the whole area. Then on a spot he stood, the branch vibrating in his hands. “Dig here,” he said. True, he found an underground stream, which to this day, twenty years after, the well continues to pour out hundreds of gallons of water everyday.
Can the water diviner detect the vibration of the flow of an underground vein of water (aquifer)? If so, he must have that special gift of naturalism.
The Water Diviner movie