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Divination may be broadly defined as procedures for predicting the future or otherwise obtaining knowledge by means of secret or hidden correspondences and/or supernatural inspiration. Although such practices are known in most or all human cultures, they are more prevalent in those which also display a high degree of scientific attainment, not excluding modern Western society. In India, daiva, a Sa…

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Gansten, Martin, “Divination”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 20 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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