Saturday, July 21, 2007

Israel's Witch Hunt (We're Talking "Salem" Here)

Well at least they don't burn'em at the stake. From McClatchey:

Sana Kuma stands charged in Israel with the crime of "practicing magic", an offence that could net her up to five years in jail. Just what did she do to get on the wrong side of the Israeli criminal justice system? She's been reading customer's coffee grounds to divine their futures. To some that would be just harmless fortune-telling. In Israel that's a serious crime.

Life is enemies and friends,” Kuma said recently after doing a coffee-ground reading for a former Miss Israel. “I have to accept the good and the bad.”

Kuma’s transgression is something known to its practitioners as tasseography. Put more simply, it is the ancient art of overturning a coffee cup — usually a demitasse used for Turkish coffee — and looking for answers in the patterns left behind by the grounds.

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