haruspicy


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haruspicy

a form of divination by natural phenomena, especially from inspection of the entrails of animal sacrifices. Also called extispicy, haruspication. — haruspex, aruspex, n. — haruspical, adj.
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a form of divination from lightning and other natural phenomena, but especially from inspection of the entrails of animal sacrifices. Also called extispicy. — haruspex, n.haruspical, adj.
See also: Divination

haruspicy

Divination from the entrails of animals, one form of which is hepatoscopy; sometimes considered part of augury.
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However, as haruspicy is no longer used in policy decisions, it was indeed, at some point in ancient history, questioned.
These include oracular directives, augury, oneiromancy and haruspicy.
Ellis argues that geese were not sacred to Juno; they were used for haruspicy and later chickens were substituted for them.