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Mogadishu. A fortune teller on the beach predicts the future from the arrangement of a handful of shells

Mogadishu. A fortune teller on the beach predicts the future from the arrangement of a handful of shells


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Mogadishu. A fortune teller on the beach predicts the future from the arrangement of a handful of shells

Mogadishu. A fortune teller on the beach predicts the future from the arrangement of a handful of shells. Somalia Mogadishu. Date of Photograph:1972

Quilici, Folco
QFA-S-015631-00SM

Media ID 33206979

© Folco Quilici Alinari Archives


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In this photograph taken in 1972 by Folco Quilici, we are transported to the enchanting shores of Mogadishu, Somalia. The image captures a mesmerizing moment as a fortune teller sits on the sandy beach, engrossed in predicting the future for his eager clients. With an air of mystery surrounding him, the fortune teller delicately arranges a handful of shells before him. His weathered hands move with purpose and precision as he interprets their positions and patterns. It is through these humble shells that he claims to unlock secrets from beyond our realm - glimpses into what lies ahead for those who seek his guidance. The scene exudes an aura of intrigue and anticipation. As we gaze upon this snapshot frozen in time, we cannot help but wonder about the stories hidden within each shell's arrangement. What futures have been foretold? What hopes or fears do they hold? Mogadishu's picturesque shoreline serves as both backdrop and witness to this ancient practice steeped in tradition. The rhythmic sound of crashing waves provides a soothing melody while adding depth to the atmosphere surrounding this mystical encounter. Quilici masterfully captures not only the physicality of this moment but also its spiritual essence. Through his lens, we are invited into a world where belief intertwines with reality – where faith is placed in something greater than ourselves. As viewers, we become voyeurs peering into a sacred ritual passed down through generations, reminding us that despite our modern lives filled with technology and progress, there will always be room for age-old customs rooted deep within our collective consciousness. This evocative photograph stands as a testament to human curiosity and our eternal quest for answers about what lies ahead on life's unpredictable journey.

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