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This is total nonsense. There is no such thing as divination. This article says otherwise. It's blatent POV in the very least. It should be rewritten or deleted. Maprovonsha172 21:03, 16 September 2005 (UTC)

  • This article makes no claims as to the truth or falsehood of divination; it merely describes a method used by people who do believe in it. However, I've always seen this form of divination spelled "alectomancy." Anyhow, I am deleting the nonsense notification on this article. Thank you. - CNichols 03:54, 19 September 2005 (UTC)

Well it's certainly NPOV. It says it is a form of divination, but there is no such thing as divination. Maprovonsha172 00:23, 21 September 2005 (UTC)

  • No such thing as divination? I'd say that the divination page proves you wrong. While divination, like many other topics covered in Wikipedia, may not be verifiably real, many people believe in it or have believed in it, so it is worth discussion. Perhaps you should take your objection up to Divination if you really object so strongly. - CNichols 17:31, 21 September 2005 (UTC)
Maprovonsha172, you're confusing the question "Does divination exist?" with the question "Does divination work?". Countless cultures use various methods to attempt to divine the future. Whether these methods work or not is, of course, subject to individual opinion. (As well, NPOV stands for "neutral point of view"; if a page is NPOV, then it's OK to stay. You probably mean POV.) thefamouseccles 02:26, 11 Oct 2005 (UTC)
  • Man, another idiot attacking a spiritually related page on wikipedia...why am I not surprised? It's just describing what alectryomancy is, how else are you supposed to describe it? Always gotta be someone that has to stick their nose in and label it psuedoscience just because they don't beleive in it. So you want to get rid of it and it's POV just because you don't believe in it, isn't that what this is really about? There's no such thing as divination? Go play dogma cop somewhere else - Just because you don't believe in something doesn't give you the right to say what belongs or doesn't belong on wikipedia.

What is this practice?[edit]

In Jonathan Lethem's new novel, Dissident Gardens, there's a scene (p 67) in Chinatown where music plays, the chicken dances and then pecks at a tab, releasing grain for it to eat and a card in Chinese for the client. Is this just part of [1]? I assume so, in the book it's part of the "Chinatown Museum".