bibliomancy


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bibliomancy

prediction of the future by interpreting a passage chosen at random from a book, esp the Bible
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talasim < [tau][epsilon][lambda][epsilon][zeta][mu][alpha]), magic squares (wafq), and traditions of bibliomancy (fal al-Quran).
Although from the evidence of demographic data Merry's religious identity would be clearly within the bounds of the supposedly "modern" and rational values of evangelicalism, his diary reveals the persistence, well into the 1860s, of religious visions and "early modern" quasimagical rituals such as bibliomancy. On the more "genteel" end of Eastern Townships society, what to make of the Anglican clergyman James Reid or the English emigrant Lucy Peel, whose lives and writings fit uneasily into the conventional private-public dichotomy and rigid system of gender roles that placed such a high value on female domesticity?
A few examples of topics covered include animistic and magical thinking, bibliomancy, cannibalism, witchcraft in European drama, familiars, the Inquisitions, Manicheanism, lycanthrophy, social and economic status of witches, popular persecution, and sacrament and sacramentals.
It blends the poet's pop heritage with her "bibliomancy" and private longings.
The Indian idol worship that Betteredge judges as primitive is juxtaposed with his perhaps equally primitive bibliomancy. Traces of the deeply complicated relation between Jewish and Christian biblical textuality--the appropriation of Old Testament by New--are evident here as well.