extispicy

ex·tis·pi·cy

 (ĕks-tĭs′pĭ-sē)
n.
Divination by means of inspecting the entrails of sacrificed animals.

[From Latin extispicium, from extispex, extispic-, one who perform extispicy : Latin exta, entrails, viscera (perhaps contraction of *exsecta : ex-, ex- + secta, neuter pl. of sectus, past participle of secāre, to cut; see sek- in Indo-European roots) + -spex, one who sees; see spek- in Indo-European roots.]

extispicy

haruspicy. — extispex, n. — extispicious, Obsolete, adj.
See also: Animals
haruspicy. — extispex, n.extispicious, adj.
See also: Divination
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In order to reconstruct the context from which this literature emerged, he separates the early extispicy omen collections from extispicy as it was practiced in Mesopotamia up to and including the period of the formation of the collections.
In turn, the frequent offerings of kbd(m) and nps, mainly to the ins ilm, may cover extispicy.
Nor do contemporary works show individuals, mythical or otherwise, practicing ornithomanteia, although artists of the period do regularly represent scenes of extispicy.
Trying to figure out Sarah Palin reminds me of the ancient practice of extispicy, divination by examining entrails for meaning," Politico quoted former New Hampshire GOP chairman Fergus Cullen, as saying.
Among specific topics are cognitive theory and the first-millennium extispicy ritual, the divine presence and its interpretation in early Mesopotamian divination, traces of the omen series Summa izbu in Cicero's De divinatione, and prophecy and omen divination as two sides of the same coin.
The word "inaugural", it seems, originates in the extispicy of chicken: "ave" is bird, and "auvger" the reader of the signs.
Disease complexes identified were generally vague and recognition was based predominantly on divination (omens, dreams, extispicy, etc.
It, the ultimate tragedy, was surely all there constellated in the participants' nativities; all there for the scrying - the extispicy - in the wire-snared cony.
As has long been known, one of the primary methods by which the ancient Mesopotamians, as well as the participants in peripheral cultures partaking of cuneiform civilization, elicited information from their deities was the examination of the internal organs of sacrificial sheep--haruspicy or extispicy.
Parpola noted the similar line of questions in Assyrian extispicy, dealing with cultic and religious reforms and also with military and political matters, e.
If necessary, the deity's identity and will as presented in a dream were clarified by a series of yes-or-no propositions answered through extispicy, bird-, or symbol-oracle.
For example, in SAA 10 179 the haruspex Kudurru explains to Esarhaddon that, under duress, he had performed a fraudulent extispicy.