An ancient kind of divination practiced with flour. Sentences
were written on slips of paper, each of which was rolled
up in a little ball of flour. These were thoroughly mixed up nine
times and divided among the curious who were waiting to learn
their fate. Apollo, who was supposed to preside over this form
of divination, was surnamed Aleuromantis. The custom lingered
in remote districts as late as the nineteenth century.
Waite, A. E. The Occult Sciences. 1891. Reprint, Secaucus,
N.J. University Books, 1974.