Almost no one recognizes this antique tool – are you one of the few who do?

As we grow older, it is common to experience a sense of unfamiliarity in a rapidly changing world, where trends and advancements are constantly evolving. This feeling goes beyond significant transformations and includes even the subtle changes that take place over several decades. My late grandmother, who I hope is resting in peace, often spoke nostalgically about the habits and routines she had in her youth. She would also show us peculiar instruments and trinkets that none of us in the family could recognize.

If I am fortunate enough to live as long as she did, I can only imagine that my experience will likely be similar. Regardless, I believe it is the sense of nostalgia that drives the popularity of “what’s this?” articles online. I am referring to those images that individuals upload, hoping to discover the identity and former function of a familiar object.

Currently, there is a new image circulating that appears to be quite difficult to identify and understand its purpose.

I must admit that when I initially came across a picture of the tool displayed below on the internet, I had absolutely no idea what it was.

Luckily, there were individuals who did possess this skill. At first glance, it seemed like an ordinary tree branch, with a V shape and nothing particularly special about it.

Nevertheless, its significance as a valuable instrument for humans can be traced back to the 1500s and a practice known as “Water Dowsing.” As per accounts, the water dowser goes by different names like a “diviner,” “doodlebug,” “well witch,” or “water-finder.”

And what was its primary function? You guessed it: to locate water!

In this approach, an individual grasps the stick from both ends, with their palms facing upwards. They incline the lower portion of the stick, which forms a V-shape, towards the Earth at a 45-degree angle. Subsequently, they proceed to walk back and forth, with the aim of identifying vibrations at the bottom of the V, which serve as an indication of the existence of subterranean water. Initially employed to locate metals during the 1500s, this technique gained popularity in rural regions as a means of discovering water sources for new homeowners.

Check out the video below to learn more about Water Dowsing!


Have you figured out the purpose of this instrument? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section

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