Ooscopy and Oomantia
Two methods of divination using eggs, similar to oomamcy.
An example of ooscopy was related by the Roman historian
Suetonius (ca. 98–138 C.E.), who stated that Livia, when anxious
to know whether she should be the mother of a boy or girl, kept
an egg in her bosom at the proper temperature, until a chick
was born.
The name oomantia denoted a method of divining the signs
or characters appearing in eggs. John Brand, an English clergyman,
described the custom of giving away pasche or paste
eggs at Easter. These are eggs stained with various colors. The
custom was religiously observed in Russia, where it was derived
from the Greek Church. Gilded or colored eggs were mutually
exchanged by men and women, who kissed one another and,
if any coolness existed previously, became good friends again
on these occasions.
The egg is one of the most ancient symbols of new birth and
has been applied to natural philosophy as well as the spiritual
creation of man.
Sources
Brand, John. Observations on Popular Antiquities. 2 vols. London,
1813.
Waite, Arthur Edward. The Occult Sciences. N.p., 1891. Reprint,
Secaucus, N.J. University Books, 1974.

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