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Originally appearing in Volume V03, Page 911 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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BIBLIOMANCY (from the Gr. 81f3Xtov, a book, and aareia, prophecy), a form of divination (q.v.) by means of the Bible or other books. The method employed is to open the Bible hap-hazard and be guided by the first verse which catches the eye. Among the Greeks and Romans the practice was known underthe name of sortes Homericae or sortes Virgilianae, the books consulted being those of Homer or Virgil.
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