Edited by Stephan Feuchtwang
Chapter 8: Fate, destiny and divination
After setting out the framework in which to describe and understand the many different techniques of divination, or fortune-telling, that have been used in China and been revived in both rural and urban China, this chapter goes on to describe the most prevalent, as they are currently practiced and legitimated. Correlative forms of divination, such as those using the throwing of coins or yarrow stalks, or using the eight characters of a client’s time and date of birth, are purely cosmological. Communicative forms of divination address the efficacy of gods and spirits and signal whether they are responsive, particularly when this is done by spirit possession.
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