-mancy, -mancer, -mantic, -mantical
(Greek: used as a suffix; divination, prophecy, fortune telling; to interpret signs so “practical” decisions can be made [related to -mania])
It isn't so much the things we don't know that gets us into trouble. It's the things we know that aren't so.
If you keep on saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of being a prophet.
2. Prophecy with pebbles (heaped in a pile).
One example is divination by drawing marked stones from a container.
2. Divination by interpreting the soul of a person, his/her values, beliefs, and morals.
3. Soul searching or occult communication between souls or spirits.
Mantics also observed flames of torches by throwing powdered pitch into the flames. Another aspect is pyroscopy (based on the burn stains left on a light surface after burning a sheet of paper).
2. Etymology: from Greek rhabdos, "rod" + -manteia, "foretell, predict".
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The practice of scapulimancy; that is, divination through the appearance of the shoulder-blade of an animal, which may or may not have been subjected to scorching, is among the most ancient methods of fortune-telling in Eurasia and among other widespread regions of the world.
Oracle bones were in use in the China of Shang-Yin dynasty and the practice has persisted in Mongolia up to very recently and probably still exists.
Methods of using bones for fortune-telling are recorded from areas as far removed culturally and geographically as early China and Greece.
2. The act of divining; a foreseeing or foretelling, of future events by the examination of feces; of humans and/or of animals.