Wednesday, July 11, 2007
This is Zubeyde, one of many women in Bosnia who do Strava for a living. Apparently this is an old Bosnian tradition where one heats up metal in an oven and then pours it into a bowl of water. Depending on what shape it takes, she will then determine how you are feeling spiritually and to an extent predicts certain aspects of your future. She combines this with quranic verses that she reads over the person. In reality a lot of the aspects of this tradition contradict islamic teachings, especially with regards to foretelling the future, even so, this is a practice deeply rooted among both religious and non religious people.