the use of barley meal as a means of divination.
Historical Examples

By alphitomancy, cried up by Theocritus in his Pharmaceutria.
Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete. Francois Rabelais

The expression which I should have employed was alphitomancy, a divination “by meal, flower, or branne.”
The Medicine-Men of the Apache. (1892 N 09 / 1887-1888 (pages 443-604)) John G. Bourke


divination by barley meal or loaves of barley


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