The roots of geomancy

One of the difficulties of writing even a short history of geomancy is that to date studies of its emergence in one culture have tended to disregard manifestations of the same divinatory technique in other cultures. Even within Africa there are few studies with one or two exceptions, notably Ren Trautmann, Bernard Maupoil and J.C. H bert which even appear to realize that ifa and fa on the west coast of Africa are exactly parallel with sikidy in Madagascar, and that both stem from rami, a common...

2 Rami and Islamic origins

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Divination in the world of Islam took many forms. The best summary of these in a European language is Toufic Fahd's La Divination Arabe. The main forms of divination include kihana, djafr, fa'l, ihhtiladj, ta'bir oneiromancy , and of course rami, more precisely al-khatt bi-raml, the original name for Arab geomancy. Of course, ta'bir has always been the most popular, followed by rami. Rami, literally 'sand', is variously spoken of as derb-al-raml, derb-al-ful, 'ilm al-raml the science of sand ,...

The 256 Verses Of

The real core of ifa interpretation lies in the thousands of memorized verses associated with the 256 odu of Ifa. The verses form a corpus of myth, folk-tale, incantation, song, proverb and riddle to the Yoruba their aesthetic merit is secondary to their religious significance. A babalawo is expected to know a large number of these verses, as an accepted authority on Yoruba religion. When the odu has been produced, the correct verse bearing on the client's problem must be selected from those...

Association Of The Zodiac Signs And Ifa Odus

M moires Scientifiques, vol. IV, Sciences Exactes chez Les Byzantins. M moire No. 14 - 'Le Rabolion (Trait s de G omancie arabes, grecs, et latins)', pp. 295-411 (includes 'La g omancie chez les arabes' by Baron Carra de Vaux, p. 299) Heiberg & Zeuthen, Toulouse and Paris, 1920. TRANCART, ANDR . 'Sur un proc d de divination de l'Adrar mauritanien, le gz n', Bull, du Comit d' tudes historiques et scientifiques de l'Afrique occidental fran aise, vol. XXI, no. 104, Paris,...