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Ancient Greek alphitomantis, a diviner who used barley meal. From Ancient Greek alphiton (plural alphita), barley meal.


alphitomancy (uncountable)

  1. Ancient Greek method of divination using barley meal.
  2. A divination practise used to reveal guilty parties by feeding a person or group barley meal. The innocent, it is said, would feel no effects, but the guilty would feel indigestion. Also known as Cursed Bread.


"Aleuromancy and alphitomancy were almost analogous processes; cakes were made of wheat or barley flour which could not be swallowed by anyone guilty of a given misdeed." -- Lock translating de Givry Picture Museum of Sorcery, 1931