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Story: The pieces of wood used by the Bushmen of !nanni's country for divining future events


The pieces of wood used by the Bushmen of !nanni's country for divining future events


Lucy Lloyd !kun notebooks


The !kun use wooden pieces called |xu for divining future events. These pieces are made of wood from the !ke tree (also a 'food' tree). Women do not touch these pieces but men can. Little girls also respect (or 'fear') these sets of pieces. A mother tells her daughter to respect the pieces, which she does. Little boys do not fear the pieces and are allowed to handle them.


1) See also Pieces of wood for divining, or |xu, 2) p.9572v: !nanni heard this from his paternal grandfather Karu) and observed it himself; (20 August 1880) what people call their mother when they are little and grown, 2) there is what seems to be an illustration or sketch of the shapes of the set of pieces, 3) This story is found in Book XI & XII-7


!nanni (XI)


18 – 23 August 1880


Custom and daily life, Artefact and dress, Portention


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