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2 3 In the mid 5th century BC the father of history Herodotus the Greek reported the use of wooden Yforks for the finding of water while he was roving around Scythia north of the Black Sea. Its the first written evidence of true dowsing, although there are references to similar functions in ancient Chinese literature. Cave drawings from thousands of years ago have been claimed to depict dowsing implements of various shapes but its difficult to believe that these slightly hairy outlines are anything to do with dowsing. A silver coin struck in 936 AD clearly shows a wee man with a forked stick in action above mine workings. Martin Luther outrageously pronounced that it was Devils Work in the early 16th century and as a result the art has been fiercely opposed by religious establishments for centuries. Fortunately the knowledge was preserved and passed on quietly by people who lives were closely connected to the earth. About the same time a German mineralogist and metallurgist called Georgius Agricola published De Re Metallica, a treatise which included precise details of dowsing techniques in mining opposite top. It aroused considerable interest in the industry throughout Europe although Agricola himself, still acutely conscious of the association of the art to the occult, hedged his bets by admonishing prospective miners not to make use of the enchanted twig. HIStOry thousands of years of dowsing Miners using magical dowsing rods to discover hidden veins of ore
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