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- n. Ancient Greek method of divination using barley meal.
- n. A divination practise used to reveal guilty parties my feeding a person or group barley meal. The innocent, it is said, would feel no effects, but the guilty would feel indigestion. Also known as Cursed Bread.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Divination by means of barley meal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Divination by means of barley-meal.
By alphitomancy, cried up by Theocritus in his Pharmaceutria.
In a previous post I introduced you to the idea of divination by cheese (tyromancy) - and now I bring to you the alternative idea of aleuromancy (or alphitomancy) - or divination by bread (or a bread-like material).
Other paths of inquiry have led to the practice of, for example, cleromancy, sciomancy, crystallomancy, alphitomancy, and spodomancy, to name only a few.