Cephalonomancy (also known as cephaleonomancy or kephalonomancy) is an ancient form of divination which involved heating the skull of an ass[1] or goat[2] while reciting various phrases, often the names of criminal suspects.[3] If the skull crackled or the jaw moved while a name was spoken, this was taken to identify the guilty party.[3]


  1. ^ Bennett, Catherine (February 16, 1995). "Well, you can never tell" (in English). The Guardian: pp. T2. 
  2. ^ Kelly, Stuart (July 29, 2007). "Words of wisdom" (in English). Scotland on Sunday: pp. 4. 
  3. ^ a b "Kephalonomancy". The Element Encyclopedia of the Psychic World. 10. Harper Collins. pp. 357. 

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