Given how swiftly times change and trends emerge and go, it’s no surprise that by the time we’re elderly, we feel as if we’re living in a world that many of us don’t recognize.
I’m not only talking about big changes, but also the subtle ones that appear to happen over the period of decades. My grandmother, God rest her soul, was always telling us about her childhood habits and rituals, as well as displaying us unusual instruments and trinkets that no one else in the family recognized.
I can only fathom what it will be like for me if I am fortunate enough to live as long as she did.
In any event, I believe it is this sense of nostalgia that drives the popularity of “what’s this?” articles on the internet. I’m referring to photos uploaded by users who want to learn more about recognizable objects and their past uses.
There is presently a new one making the rounds, and it appears to be particularly tough to get right in terms of what it is and accomplishes.
I’ll be the first to say that I had no idea what the tool seen below was when I first saw it on the internet.
Fortunately, there were those who did…
At first view, it appears to be a typical old tree limb, V-shaped but otherwise ordinary.
However, its history as a beneficial tool for humanity dates back to the 1500s, with a process called as “Water Dowsing”.
According to stories, the water dowser goes by numerous titles, including “diviner,” “doodlebug,” “well witch,” and “water-finder.”
Its principal function? Yes, you guessed it: to locate water!
An person would grasp both branches of the stick in each hand, palms up. The stem of the V (the bottom section where the two rods connect) is then tilted 45 degrees toward the Earth.
The user then walks back and forth, presumably seeking for vibrations at the bottom of the V that indicate the presence of water under the Earth.
Dowsing with metal rods appears to have been a practice used to detect metals in the ground around the 1500s, but people began to use the same approach to find water for new residents in rural regions.
Did you understand what this instrument was for? Let us know in the comments section.