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Pende peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Divination Instrument, Galukoshi
Wood, fiber, feathers
H. approx. 9 in. (22.9 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Kelley Rollings in honor of Raymond and Laura Wielgus
Indiana University Art Museum, 98.178

Divination, a process of communication with supernatural forces that are believed to determine the course of events in the lives of people on earth, is practiced in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa. A diviner held this instrument on his lap with the head at the top and inserted a finger between the crossbars. The galukoshi was believed able to reveal who was guilty of a crime or other offense, for at the mention of the guilty person's name, the head of the galukoshi would move up toward the face of the diviner.