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Dowsing

4 5 Elizabeth I of England first got wind of the valuable forked stick methods of finding metal ores through Agricolas work and introduced German miners to help develop Englands resources. They brought their knowledge of dowsing with them, and by 1660 Charles II, recognising the importance of the art to the financial success of the mining industry, demanded to know everything about the operation of the Baguette Divinitoire ... splendid name for a dowsing rod. In 1693 Pierre de Lorrain, Abb de Vallemont caused consternation in religious circles and Paris society by publishing his Occult Physics which included detailed illustrations of dowsing techniques lower opposite. It was promptly put on the prohibited list by the Inquisition, and he was probably one of the first authors to create a bestseller by having his book banned. His work triggered a vigorous proandanti debate in the world of scientists and religious leaders, leading to a proliferation of scientific tests on the abilities of dowsers over the next century. In museums round the world there are some fine examples of seventeenth and eighteenth century artwork, including silver drinking mugs, paintings and Meissen pottery, which figure little men with Yrods akimbo looking for minerals. The burgeoning mining industry was a major contributor to the development of dowsing and the art thrived under the increasing pressure to find more and more mineral and water sources. DevelOpmeNt by royal command European dowsers hard at work, surveying a line of underground water or mineral faulting
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