Friday, May 19, 2017

Do you believe in divination?

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.

Image result for divination pictureA 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.  

movie review, film review, the water diviner, russell crowe, gallipoli, jai courtney, olga kurylenko, jacqueline mckenzie, yilmaz erdogan, cem yilmazCan 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

Divination (from Latin divinare "to foresee, to be inspired by a god", related to divinusdivine) is the attempt to gain insight into a question or situation by way of an occultic, standardized process or ritual. Used in various forms throughout history, diviners ascertain their interpretations of how a querent should proceed by reading signs, events, or omens, or through alleged contact with a supernatural agency. Wikipedia

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