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Anthropomancy

Anthropomancy (from Greek anthropos (ἄνθρωπος, man) and manteia (μαντεία, divination)) is a method of divination by the entrails of dead or dying men or women, often virgin female children, through sacrifice.[citation needed] This practice was sometimes also called splanchomancy. In ancient Etruria and Rome, the usual variety of divination from entrails was haruspicy (performed by a haruspex), in which the sacrifice was an animal.

Practitioners in fiction

References

  • Shepard, Leslie A. (1991). Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology (3rd ed.). Detroit: Gale Research Inc. ISBN 0810349078.