A Yoruba Dowser

It has been several weeks since my last post, but I intend to return to regular posting.

To begin with, I will take as my subject several articles which were published ini the very earliest of the BSD journals, back in the 1930s.

At that time, several members of the British Society of Dowsers lived and worked abroad, or example the Indian sub-continent and Arica. They wrote of their experiences for the BSD journal. Some of these accounts were of the actions of local dowsers, which gives an interesting perspective on non-European dowsing methods.

Here is an account of a water divining practice in Nigeria, by a member of the Yoruba people. Of particular interest is that the dowser does not use any dowsing device, but was able to give position and depth of the underground water. . After this, the dowser was seen to “’re-collect’ himself”, which hints at a sort of trance like state, during the dowsing practice. We cannot be sure, but perhaps the dowser could “see” the subterranean water. There are other instances of such ability mentioned in the BSD journals.

The article, can be found here: