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- An ancient divination method of the Highland Scots: the oracle of the hide, in which a person was sewn into the hide of a freshly-killed ox and placed beside a waterfall. This would enable him to foresee the results of an impending battle.
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- An ancient divination method of the Highland Scots, in which cats were roasted alive to call up the spirit of the demon cat who would grant the wishes of the torturers.
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