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Crithomancy (also known as critomancy) is a form of divination by the study of barley cakes[1] in hope of drawing omens from them. The paste of cakes which are offered in sacrifice is closely examined, and the sought-for answers are drawn from the flour which is spread upon them.

The term crithomancy (from Greek κριθή krithḗ) is also used for divination by cereal grains.

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  1. ^ Scott O. Lilienfeld, Steven Jay Lynn, John Ruscio, and Barry Beyerstein (2010). 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell. p. 332. ISBN 978-1-4051-3112-4.