Alectryomancy. Divination by chicken, a very common mode of divination in the ancient world. To perform it, the diviner marks out a circle, dividing it into segments corresponding to the letters of the alphabet. A grain of wheat is placed on each letter while an incantation is recited. A white chicken is then set in the middle of the circle, to the accompaniment of further incantations. The chicken proceeds to eat the grains of wheat, and the letters corresponding to the…

JM Greer

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