Morris Jastrow, jr. - Babylonian-Assyrian Birth-Omens And Their Cultural Significance

Morris Jastrow, jr. - Babylonian-Assyrian Birth-Omens And Their Cultural Significance

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"Babylonian Assyrian Birth" from Morris Jastrow. American orientalist and librarian (1861-1921). As a result of researches in the field of BabylonianAssyrian divination, now extending over a number of years \ it may, be definitely said that apart from the large class of miscellaneous omens 2 , the Babylonians and Assyrians developed chiefly three methods of divination into more or less elaborate systems — divination through the inspection of the liver of a sacrificial animal or Hepatoscopy, through the observation of the movements in the heavens or Astrology, (chiefly directed to the moon and the planets but also to the sun and the prominent stars and constellations), and through the observance of signs noted at birth in infants and the young of animals or Birth-omens.