The parent of the sick child will locate a diviner with a good reputation for solving problems of this sort. The parent will tell usually only the most general details of the illness to the diviner, for it should be the diviner's guiding spirits that provide information that allows the cause of affliction and the proper course for healing to be identified. Divination takes many forms in Africa. African divination, unlike astrology and many other Oriental and Western forms, looks back to the past rather than forward to the future. People are aware there is some problem. Someone is ill. Something valuable has been lost. Some well-practiced activity no longer has its usual, desired effect.