libanomancy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Greek libanos, frankincense.

Noun[edit]

libanomancy (also libranomancy, livanomancy, and knissomancy)

  1. Divination by interpreting burning incense smoke. Started in Mesopotamia and later travelled to Egypt and Europe. A form of capnomancy.

Quotations[edit]

Weyer De praestigiis daemonum xii.: libanomanteia, 1583
"By Libanomancy, for the which we shall need but a little Frankincense." -- Gargantua & Pantagruel iii. xxv. 133, Urquhart translating Rabelais, 1660.
"Livanomancy, by burning of frankincense." -- Encyclopedia of Witchcraft and Demonology, Robbins, 1959