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Its Organizational Framework and Generative and Paradigmatic Characteristics
In Early Mesopotamian Divination Literature: Its Organizational Framework and Generative and Paradigmatic Characteristics, Abraham Winitzer provides a detailed study of the Akkadian Old Babylonian (ca. 2000-1600 BC) omen collections stemming from extispicy, the most significant Mesopotamian divination technique for most of that civilization’s history. Paying close attention to these texts’ organizational structure, Winitzer details the mechanics responsible for their origins and development, and highlights key characteristics of a conceptual framework that helped reconfigure Mesopotamian divination into a literature in line with significant, new forms of literary expression from the same time. This literature, Winitzer concludes, represents an early form of scientific reasoning that began to appreciate the centrality of texts and textual interpretation in this civilization’s production, organization, and conception of knowledge.
Author: John J. McGraw

1 Introduction In a common type of highland Maya divination called pajooneem ( Tz’utujil for ‘weighing’ and ‘balancing’) (throughout this paper, I will be using Tz’utujil orthography established by the Academia de Lenguas Mayas de Guatemala), the bright red seeds of the tz’ite’ tree

In: Journal of Cognition and Culture
Author: Eric Chalfant

religion in general and divination in particular – that is, how do subjects distinguish between what is meaningful and what is meaningless, or between sign and coincidence? I then trace in turn the development and expansion of the informational understanding of noise in the parallel fields of media and

In: Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture
Author: Marian Broida

Without the keys in the omen texts, and scholars to interpret them, the Neo-Babylonian elite and their Persian successors would have had far less access to the divine will. Moreover, Mesopotamian links between divination and scholarly interpretation of writing extended beyond the mere existence of the

In: Vetus Testamentum

Portland, Oregon, October 2006. The research was supported by Zefat Academic College. An abundance of divination rituals, primarily Tarot card readings, are widespread on the Internet. The aim of this article is to examine the transition of these rituals from the physical realm to the virtual one and to

In: Numen
Neo-Assyrian and Greek Divination in War focuses on all divinatory practices which were used in the ancient Near East and Greece in time of war. Divination was a practical way of discovering the will of the gods, and enabled human contact with the divine. Divinatory practices were crucial to decision-taking. The results of divination were especially important during war. This book concentrates on the methods used to obtain all possible information from the divine world which could impact on the results of war. Knowledge of divine plans, verdicts and favors would ensure victory, power and eternal glory.
This book is also about the convergence of the ancient Near East and Greek divinatory systems, methods and practices. Step by step, it points out that the Greeks treated divination in a very similar way to the Mesopotamians, and presents the possible routes of transmission of this divine knowledge, which was practiced in both cultures by a group of well-trained professionals.
Author: Anne Schmiedl

. Dissatisfied with this result, the Emperor asks for a second and third divination on the same subject. All three turn out inauspicious, the second one specifying the outbreak of rebellions and the third one prophesying the death of the Emperor. 3 This story presents two different ways to comprehend and deal

In: International Journal of Divination and Prognostication
Author: Duane E. Smith

none of it and pushes on. 1 True to Poulydamas’ interpretation of the omen, the attack fails. This essay will explore the origin of Homeric bird-divination as witnessed in this and other passages from the Homeric epics. The Il . 12:200–207 narrative combines two themes that dominate Homeric bird-divination

In: Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions
How has man dealt in daily practice with the uncertainty intrinsic to the future? International Journal of Divination and Prognostication is a peer-reviewed, international journal that investigates the concepts, techniques and practices and their development in different societies and in different periods. Its main focus is on Asia and Europe.
Prognostication in all its forms is an extremely diverse anthropological phenomenon, which so far has been understudied in the Humanities. The journal approaches the topic from a cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary perspective, aiming to both broaden specific knowledge and enhance critical reflection.
Published in close cooperation with the Society for the Critical Study of Divination, it builds on the work of the International Consortium for Research in the Humanities at Erlangen University on “Fate, Freedom, and Prognostication – Strategies for Coping with the Future in East Asia and Europe”, thus providing a platform for scholars world-wide to present and connect their research on a subject of ever-growing importance for a wide variety of disciplines.

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Author: H Darrel Rutkin

1 Introduction What is the relationship between astrology and divination? In particular, is astrology a type of divination, as is often asserted or assumed? In this article, I primarily want to make a plea to historicize and particularize these questions by first inquiring about how this

In: International Journal of Divination and Prognostication