Favomancy

Favomancy, a type of cleromancy, is a form of divination that involves throwing beans on the ground and interpreting the patterns in which the beans fall.

Etymology

Favomancy comes from the Latin faba, bean.

Origin

Favomancy used to be practiced by seers in Russia, and in particular, the Ubykh people.

Methods

Russian methods of favomancy may still exist; however, since the departure of the Ubykhs from the Caucasus in 1864, details of exactly how Ubykh soothsayers interpreted the patterns formed by the beans are lost.

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