TheWaterChannel NewsFlash: August 19, 2014
Dowsing: Seeking divine help to locate groundwater
Muniyappa walks barefeet around a patch of land bare of trees and red with laterite soil. He has a fork-shaped twig in his hand which he rotates slowly. Suddenly he gets into a fit, his body starts shaking violently and the twig spins out of his hand. “Here is groundwater at 700 feet,” he says as he calms down slowly. Based on his advice, a borewell will be developed at that point. That’s a 200,000 Rupee ($400) investment. (Watch video)
Muniyappa is a water dowser, someone who can connect with divine forces to locate groundwater. He works for a borewell drilling service based in Karnataka, India. He has his own business card and everything.
Muniyappa is hardly alone. In South Asia and many other parts of the world (certainly the US, UK, Europe), water dowsing thrives as a serious business (a Google search for “water dowsing services” gives a good idea).
Practitioners point to scattered evidence that dowsing works, even as scientific appraisals conclude that it is no more accurate than chance. For example, the 1957 USGS report “The Divining Rod: A History Of Water Witching” dismissed dowsers as “intentional deceivers.” But the 27-page bibliography reflected the large volume of material out there trying to lend credibility to the practice, and how widespread it was across the world!
With Regards,TheWaterChannel Team