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SUPERSTITION:  DOWSING


Description: A forked branch or 'dowsing wand' will dip and point when it passes over underground water

Origin: Germany, 15th Century

Dowsing, sometimes called doodle-bugging, divining or water-witching, is the practice of detecting hidden water using a forked branch held between the hands. This may be an ancient belief, but the modern form is said to have come from Germany to England in the 16th Century, when it was thought dowsing could detect buried minerals like metal or coal.

In the late 1960s during the Vietnam War, US Marines were said to have used dowsing in an attempt to find hidden tunnels and weapons. In recent years some now-discredited 'electronic' dowsing devices have been sold to police and security agencies, on the pretext that they can detect explosives.



 

Dowsing in Cotswolds England

Dowsing in Cotswolds England

 

I got fed up dowsing for water so tuned my dowsing rods to 'Chinese Girls'. Within 10 minutes my rods began to twitch madly and there at my feet was this beautiful Chinese girl. Well, finders keepers - so I took her home - she sure brightens the place up !!!
 

Chinese beautiful girl



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Note: These superstitions were researched and written by Stuart Macfarlane (Website: Stuart Macfarlane )

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