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Re: Adaig Samna

From:

"John C. Merritt" <[log in to unmask]>

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Scholars and students of Old Irish <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Sun, 26 Oct 2003 15:15:36 -0600

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At 11:08 AM 10/26/03 -0800, you wrote:

>I am somewhat reminded of later folk practices such as putting
>nuts in or near the fire on Oíche Shamhna and observing how they
>crack or move in relation to one another as a means of divination.
>This in turn reminds me of the old Chinese practice of subjecting
>tortise shells (and bones?)

Yes. Bovine scapula.

>to fire and observing the resulting
>pattern of cracks, again for divination. Many stones will crack
>apart when placed in a fire. Could this once have been a means
>of divination in Ireland? Pure speculation!
>
>Dennis


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