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!