Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In antiquity:
- n. A kind of divination among the ancients by means of words which seemed to be uttered from the belly; divination by ventriloquism.
- n. A species of divination by means of large-bellied glasses or other round transparent vessels, in the center of which figures were supposed to appear by magic art.
- n. Divination by interpreting the sounds and signs of the belly. It is now sometimes associated as being a form of ventriloquism, where vocal sounds are produced from the belly.
- n. Divination by noting magical visions in large-bellied glasses. It is sometimes described as a technique where a child is placed in front of a glass filled with water, the images in the glass were then interpreted. Similar to crystallomancy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A kind of divination, by means of words seemingly uttered from the stomach.
- n. A species of divination, by means of glasses or other round, transparent vessels, in the center of which figures are supposed to appear by magic art.
- Ancient Greek gastro- stem from the Ancient Greek gaster, the belly, and also the wide part of a bottle. (Wiktionary)
“The other side of the coin is represented by gastromancy, which is not only a synonym for crystallomancy but also the term for divination by ventriloquism.”
“By gastromancy, which kind of ventral fatiloquency was for a long time together used in Ferrara by Lady Giacoma Rodogina, the Engastrimythian prophetess.”
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“Other sets of synonyms include, in addition to the aforementioned haruspicy and haruspication: caloptromancy and enoptromancy; spodomancy and tephramancy (or tephromancy); alectryomancy and alectoromancy; astromancy and sideromancy; crystallomancy and gastromancy; hieromancy and hieroscopy; necromancy and sciomancy; ornithomancy and orniscopy; and scapulimancy and omoplatoscopy.”
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