Cephalonomancy

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Cephalonomancy (also known as cephaleonomancy or kephalonomancy) is an ancient form of divination which used two different methods; one was concerned with the shape of the skull, somewhat like extispicy or phrenology the other involved heating the skull of an ass1 or goat2 while reciting various phrases, often the names of criminal suspects.3 If the skull crackled or the jaw moved while a name was spoken, this was taken to identify the guilty party.3

References

  1. ^ Bennett, Catherine (February 16, 1995). "Well, you can never tell". The Guardian. pp. T2. 
  2. ^ Kelly, Stuart (July 29, 2007). "Words of wisdom". Scotland on Sunday. p. 4. 
  3. ^ a b "Kephalonomancy". The Element Encyclopedia of the Psychic World 10. Harper Collins. p. 357. 

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