Palm nuts with blue cloth bag, Nigeria, 1880–1920
A set of palm nuts usually kept in the blue cloth bag. Diviners of the Yoruba people of Nigeria pass sixteen palm nuts from hand to hand eight times. Each time, one or two nuts are kept in the hand and this is marked on a board. The diviner reads the pattern of these marks and matches it to one of 256 odu (signs or messages).
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