Art and Initiation in Western Zambia

by Manuel Jordán
Musical Instrument Museum (formerly Birmingham Museum of Art)

Diviner Solochi with his divination instrument, Mbunda peoples, Kawanda Village, Zambia, 1992. Photo by Manuel Jordán.

To divine Solochi holds the antelope horn in the palm of his left hand. A question about the nature of a client's affliction is asked by the diviner and the lihamba responds according to whether the horn falls inwards (“yes”) or outwards (“no”) in his hand. The diviner then prescribes a course of action towards the resolution of the client's problems.