Sunday, January 20, 2008

Fox Fortunes

On the top of the escarpment, just outside Bongo, we came upon this area where fortunes are read by mystics and foxes. How, you ask?

Well the man sitting inside the stone enclosure is carefully setting up small twigs and pebbles, which you can see more closely in the second picture.

These are left out overnight, and when the foxes come by, if they walk inside the marked area, naturally they'll scatter stones willy-nilly, and knock over the sticks.

If you're an expert like him, you can then "read" fortunes from the subsequent patterns.

People come from around the region with various questions and concerns, looking for nature to help them get an answer...

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An inveterate traveler, who has explored all seven continents, Neil centres his freelance writing today on travel.
Published work includes travel writing in The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The Buffalo News, Travel Scoop and The Wonderful World of Budget Travel. Featured destinations include: Toronto, Ontario; Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Qufu, China; Oaxaca, Mexico; Jersey, Channel Islands; Trans-Siberian Express.
Neil’s photography focuses on finding images of the worlds he visits that capture the essence of “place”. Whether photographing landscapes, archaeological sites or locals, the goal is to make a picture emotive of what brought one there.
Photography has been published in Camera Canada, Foto Flash, Minolta Mirror and travel publications, as well as displayed at gallery exhibits in Toronto.