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Ceylon, India: a shaman holding a large bow for a divination ritual. Process print, 1910/1930.

Date
1910-1930

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Diagnosis by divination. The shaman holds a bow, balanced by the string, while reciting an invocation to determine which of the "Yaku" (or spirits of the dead to whose influence the Veddas ascribed illness) is responsible. When the right name is spoken, the bow swings to and fro. The Veddas, Ceylon

Publication/Creation

1910-1930

Physical description

1 print : process print ; sheet 13.9 x 15.2 cm

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 581395i

Language

  • English

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