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Anthropomancy (from Greek anthropos (ανθροπος, man), and manteia (μαντεια, divination) is a method of divination by the entrails of dead or dying men or women, often virgin female children, through sacrifice.[citation needed] This practice was sometimes also called splanchomancy. In ancient Etruria and Rome, the usual variety of divination from entrails was haruspicy (performed by an haruspex), in which the sacrifice was an animal.

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  • Shepard, Leslie A. (1991). Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology (3rd ed.). Detroit: Gale Research Inc. ISBN 0810349078.