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    my professor is asking for a picture of a mummifed relic of some ones head that patrons would come worship and ask questions to. apparenly there was a priest or someone controlling a stick attached to the head, and they would make the head shake yes or no to the persons question. he doesnt know where it is or what its called....any ideas???

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    lindilou

    ... and then there is this ... I think this may be it!!...
    " In Rabbinical Literature:

    The word "teraphim" is explained by the Rabbis as meaning "disgraceful things" (Yer. 'Ab. Zarah ii. 41b; Tan., Wayeẓe). It is rendered "ẓalmanaya" or "ẓilmanaya" (= "images") by the Targumim of Onḳelos and pseudo-Jonathan to Gen. xxxi. 19, 34, and by the Targum of Jonathan in the other parts of the Bible, except in connection with the image of Micah (Judges xvii. 5; xviii. 14, 18, 20), where it is rendered "dema'in" (= "likenesses"). The nature of the teraphim is much discussed by ancient commentators. According to Targ. pseudo-Jonathan to Gen. xxxi. 19, the teraphim were made of the head of a man, a first-born, which, after the man had been slain, was shaved and then salted and spiced. After a golden plate on which magic words were engraved had been placed under the tongue, the mummified head was mounted on the wall, and it spoke to the people. This legend is more fully developed in Pirḳe R. El. xxxvi., where it is said that after the head had been displayed on the wall, lighted candles were placed round it; the people then prostrated themselves before it, and it talked to them.

    Ibn Ezra (on Gen. l.c.) records two definitions of "teraphim"; namely, (1) a copper dial by means of which one might ascertain the exact time, and (2) an image made by astrologers at a certain time and under the influence of certain stars, which caused it to speak. Ibn Ezra himself favored the latter interpretation, it appearing from I Sam. xix. 13, 16 that the teraphim had the shape of a man. Naḥmanides (on Gen. l.c.), however, thinks that while the teraphim of Laban might have been idols, those of I Sam. l.c. were not, inasmuch as there could have been no idols in David's house. He thinks that in general teraphim were astrological tables by means of which one might learn future events (comp. Ḳimḥi on I Sam. l.c.). The "Sefer ha-Yashar" (section "Wayeẓe," pp. 46b-47a, Leghorn, 1870), after having repeated the description which Pirḳe R. Eliezer gives of the teraphim, declares that they were made of gold or silver, in the image of a man and at a certain moment, and that by the influence of the stars they revealed the future. It adds that the teraphim of Laban were of the latter description.
    FROM>>>http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/14331-teraphim

    5 Answers

    Could this be what he requested? LINK here >>> http://www.patheos.com/Resources/Additional-Resources/Catholics-Do-This-9


     

    country bumpkin

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    I have a feeling the Professor knows the answer. LOL
    lindilou

    Trick question eh? lmho ... lol
    modux

    Thank you very much for your response, I am thinking it's not a Catholic relic because I have extensively searched all of those over the past 24 hours to no avail!
    lindilou

    It is definitely along the lines of relic-type 'worship'/ divination .. could be a Gypsy thing? Any other clues like where and when? Haitian maybe... voudoun?
    lindilou

    >>> man this one has got me too ... okay ... side shows and freak shows may have featured these 'talking' skulls and also 'curiose' shows and 'freak' museums .... just another angle ... good luck!

    ....obviously, it's not our President and Congress.

    I believe it is called "Prophet of the Head Shaker Tribe".

    modux

    Would that be Native American or from the east?
    Ducky

    Moderator
    Wait here. I'll google it.
    country bumpkin

    Moderator
    Still Googling? LOL
    Ducky

    Moderator
    Googling and Binging. Uh huh.
    lindilou

    Funny Duck ... don't let her drive you quackers modux! ;D
    Ducky

    Moderator
    Who me?????
    lindilou

    LOL Headshaker Tribe eh? LMHO
    Ducky

    Moderator
    Never heard of them? I actually thought they lived in B.C. No?
    lindilou

    LoL I don't know... [she said whilst shaking her head rigourously from side to side...] ;D
    Ducky

    Moderator
    Ah hah!!! I knew it. lol

    Might be an oracle.


     Please let us know the correct answer, if your prof knows.

    modux

    Will do! Still searching, going to search oracle now. Thank you very much

    G'day Modux,,do not know if this is what you are looking for,but have a look anyway..https://books.google.com.au/books?id=dLA7AwAAQBAJ&pg=PT140&lpg=PT140&dq=ask+questions+of+a+mummified+head+cult&source=bl&ots=NckkpRdMAH&sig=3GlTIg-0GqhIubb_W9eyAtxrx3s&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi2sLTa9LLNAhWIHZQKHbl-DRcQ6AEIKDAC#v=onepage&q=ask%20questions%20of%20a%20mummified%20head%20cult&f=false  ..>>>>>>>><<<<<<<..



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