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Fa is the god or spirit of Fate and a Fa reading is a type of fortune telling that dates back thousands of years, performed by a specially qualified Fa priest using traditional materials of cowrie shells and beads.
To get a Fa reading it is best to go through a local guide who will organise a reputable one. You need to take gifts and plenty of money. Gifts are in the form of alcohol, and the money is to pay for your "prescription".
Once you have handed over your gifts the Fa reader throws the cowrie shells onto the ground and interprets the way they land. There are 256 interpretations. He will then tell you the result and tell you what your prescription is - this usually involves some kind of sacrifice. The reading was traditionally written on a wooden board but they are now written on paper.
The whole thing is not cheap! I needed a particularly expensive prescription.................
You can see my travelogue for more details.
Directions: My Fa reading was organised by a local guide in Abomey Altonhonton-Abel who can be found if you ask at Abomey Motel.
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