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Title: Divination: The Tribal Rituals Revolving Around the Rebirth of the Dead
Goals: To probe into the divination practices of many tribes, primarily the Sisala of Northern Ghana in West Africa, to scientifically assess, define and question that of rebirth celebrations, whereby the dead are said to rise and dance with the tribe one final time, and to question what effects local drugs may have on this experience.
Purpose: To prove whether or not shaman have the ability to reanimate a dead body by channeling spirits, or that local drugs provide hallucinogenic effects which are the cause for this ritualistic dance to occur.
Members: Just me so far, but I may have some possible members
Additional Info: I have the ability to receive direct insider contact (person-to-person interview) with a man that lived for 6 cumulative years among the Sisala, has experimented with the drugs they use and is a tenured professor at FSU, Dr. Bruce T. Grindal. He, in turn, has additional contacts with similar experiences and good sources of related information. This is a hot “supernatural” debate amongst cultural anthropologists and has been argued both ways. I also have the ability to search for free from hundreds of academic articles at JSTOR and other reputable online sources, along with several local libraries.