DivinationWays of telling the future from all around the world.
What is Divination?Divination /dɪvɪneɪʃən/Noun--The act of predicting future events. Commonly known as “fortune telling.”
Different Methods• All around the world, people use different methods to tell the future. One way might seem strange to you, but it is normal in another part of the world.
NggàmFor example, this manin Cameroon, tells the future byinterpreting the changes inposition of various objects ascaused by a fresh-water crab. InAfrica, this technique is called“nggàm.”Now let’s take a look at someways of fortune telling used in theWest.
OraclesLet’s start with one of the oldest ways. In AncientGreece people talked to Oracles – special peoplewho were believed to talk for the gods – in orderto find out the future.
The Oracle of DelphiThe most famous oracle in AncientGreece was the Oracle of Delphi, apriestess at the Temple of Apollo,who was said to speak for the godof the sun.
HepatomancyLong ago, priests inAncient Rome andGreece would practice“hepatomancy.” The waythat they told the futurewas to kill a goat or asheep and examine it’sliver.Right: a bronze sheep’s liverwith instructions in Etruscanfrom ancient Italy. 2nd-3rdCentury B.C.