Diviner's Wand from Sisalaland, Ghana

Contributed by Dr Eugene Mendonsa

Diviner's Wand from Sisalaland, Ghana

A diviner's wooden wand used to contact the ancestors in an effort to get answers to life's perplexing questions e.g., why did a calamity hit my family, why did my crop's fail, etc. It comes from the Sisala people of Northern Ghana in Africa. It was collected by Dr. Eugene L. Mendonsa, an anthropologist who studied and wrote about Sisala culture. Obtained in the village of Bujan, Sisalaland, Northern Ghana in 1971. See the book: The Politics of Divination by Dr. Mendonsa. This wand is also shown in use in photographs in this book. It can also be seen in use in Dr. Mendonsa's ethnographic film, Sisala Divination: The Mystic Tradition.

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Bujan, Sisalaland, North Ghana


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