“Water witching” or “dowsing” was a tradition that was popular with some Ozarks settlers when trying to find good groundwater sources. It has been a controversial practice since at least the year 1518 AD when both the Catholic Church and Martin Luther declared that this process of divination was banned as a form of occultism. Since that time, dowsing has been practiced around the world. Over time, dowsers have used a process called divination that claims to locate not only water but minerals such as gold and silver, oil, graves, and buried treasure.
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