Hittite.augury

Hittite.augury - from O. R. Gurney, The Hittites, pp. 132ff...

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from O. R. Gurney, The Hittites , pp. 132ff [note: the Hittites were a people who flourished in what is now Turkey during the 2nd millenium BCE. They spoke an Indo-european language and used chariots to wage war] A… method of ascertaining the divine will was through divination, of which there were three kinds: extispicy (the examination of the entrails of the sacrificial victim), augury (divination from the movements of birds), and another which was perhaps some form of lottery and was the specialty of certain female soothsayers called simply the ‘Old Women.’ Certain configurations of the liver and other viscera, certain movements of birds and other phenomena were regarded as favorable, others as unfavorable (in most cases the principles on which these ideas were based remain obscure). The Hittites, like the other ancient peoples, always consulted the omens before a military campaign or other important enterprise; but they also applied this traditional lore as a means of ascertaining the cause of a god’s anger. A favorable omen was taken as the
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Hittite.augury - from O. R. Gurney, The Hittites, pp. 132ff...

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