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Divination plaque, Uganda, South Africa and Zambia, 1880-1920

Divination plaque, Uganda, South Africa and Zambia, 1880-1920

Credits: Science Museum

The Bagandan people of Uganda in East Africa used this plaque. It was part of a set of artefacts they used in divination. It is made of hide and has two bells attached. Divination is used in many African communities to diagnose the cause of illness. The plaque was donated by the Ugandan Government in 1925.

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A38291/2

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    Glossary: divination

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