belomancy

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From Ancient Greek βέλος (bélos, an arrow, dart) +‎ -mancy.

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belomancy (uncountable)

  1. studying the flight of arrows, an act of divination used by the Greeks and Arabs. It is strongly forbidden in the Koran.

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"For the king of Babylon will stop at the fork in the road, at the junction of the two roads, to seek an omen: He will cast lots with his arrows..." -- Ezekiel 21:21, Bible
"Of this kinde of Rhabdomancy was that practised by Nabuchadonosor in the Chaldean miscellany, delivered by Ezekiel. A like way of Belomancy or Divination by Arrowes hath been in request with Scythians, Alanes, Germans, with the Africans and Turks of Algiers." -- Pseudodoxia Epidemica, Browne 1646