Talk:Scapulimancy

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spelling of page title[edit]

There are three spelling for this art, scapulimancy, scapulomancy, and scapulamancy, of which I am aware. Google hits before changing the page title numbered 593, 387 and 202 respectively, making scapulimancy the preferred form. It is also used in the authoritative Keightley, David N. (1978). Sources of Shang History: The Oracle-Bone Inscriptions of Bronze Age China. University of California Press, Berkeley. Large format hardcover, ISBN 0-520-02969. Dragonbones 09:32, 31 March 2006 (UTC)

broader meaning of scapulimancy[edit]

Personally I don't care for the expansion of the term 'scapulimancy' to include plastromancy, but this usage is not uncommon, because it's just too much of a hassle to add "and plastromancy and pyromancy involving other assorted bones as well as turtle carapaces". The reason I find the expansion objectionable is the specificity of the word's coinage -- pyromancy in this case, involving specifically scapulae and not other bones. The proper term to include other bones and bony materials would, IMO, be osteomancy.Dragonbones 14:20, 31 March 2006 (UTC)

Source on apyromatic scapulimancy[edit]

The source for this section is Keightley, p.3: "Historically, scapulimancy has taken two major forms. In the first, "apyromantic", the scapula of an animal was simply examined after its slaughter. This form was widespread in Europe, Northern Africa and the Near East. In Asia and North America however, the second form, "pyromantic" scapulimancy was practiced, involving the heating or burning of the bone and interpretation of the results." (my own wording)Dragonbones 14:21, 31 March 2006 (UTC)

photos, anyone?[edit]

Hi, this article is one which could benefit from a photo or two. It is difficult for me to get photos from Neuk-do in Korea because the archaeological site report has not yet been published. Anyone else? Mumun 21:54, 22 November 2006 (UTC)

Merge from Slinneanachd[edit]

Slinneanachd seems to be the same thing in Gaelic. --64.181.91.52 22:21, 18 June 2007 (UTC)