Ancient practice of divination by the entrails of men or
women. Herodotus said that Menelaus, detained in Egypt by
poor winds, sacrificed two children of the country to discover
his destiny by means of anthropomancy. Heliogabalus practiced
this means of divination. It is said that in his magical operations,
Julian the Apostate caused a large number of children
to be killed so that he might consult their entrails. During his
last expedition at Carra, in Mesopotamia, he shut himself in
the Temple of the Moon. After completing his anthropomancy,
he sealed the doors and posted a guard, whose duty it was to
see that they were not opened until his return. However, he was
killed in battle with the Persians, and those who entered the
Temple of Carra, in the reign of Julian’s successor, found there
a woman hanging by her hair, with her liver torn out. The infamous
Gilles De Laval may also have practiced this dreadful
type of divination.
Waite, Arthur Edward. The Occult Sciences. 1891. Reprint, Secaucus,
N.J. University Books, 1974.

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