Water Witching U.S.A.

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University of Chicago Press, 15.07.2000 - 260 Seiten
Despite advanced technology, the practice of water witching—using a forked stick to indicate an underground source of water—persists in both rural and urban areas. Water Witching U.S.A. is a lively look at "dowsing," full of personal accounts, historical background, and data from controlled experiments and a nationwide survey. This study includes a collection of photographs, drawings, and historical woodcuts showing the tools, techniques, and early instances of dowsing, as well as cross-sectional views contrasting the dowser's explanation of groundwater with the geologist's.
 

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Inhalt

WHY WATER WITCHING?
1
THE FAMILY TREE
12
DOES IT WORK? CASE HISTORIES AND FIELD TESTS
36
DOES IT WORK? CONTROLLED EXPERIMENTS
62
FROM TALKING HORSES TO TALKING TWIGS
92
WHY DOES THE ROD MOVE?
121
WHOS WHO IN WITCHING
153
FOR WHOM THE WITCH TELLS
171
WATER WITCHING AS MAGICAL DIVINATION
190
POSTSCRIPT 1978
221
LETTER OF EXPLANATION AND DOWSING QUESTIONNAIRE MAILED TO COUNTY AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION AGENTS
233
WATER WELL LOCATION BY SCIENTIFIC DIVINATION
239
BIBLIOGRAPHY
253
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