[/quote]One thing of interest I discovered is this book-
- Alectryomantia, Seu Divinatio Magica cum Gallis Gallinaceis peracta
I would really like to see a translation of this book for one reason. I spent over 15 years reading ehtnographies and travel books and taking notes. I believe I was able to read about nearly every major tribe of pre-urban people on earth. I read books by most of the famous travelers, anthropologists and ethnographers, and many relatively unknown. I paid particular attention to things like magic and religion (Well, actually, this is because the writers paid particular attention to it. Had I been there I would have been more interested in things like their knots, their musical instruments, survival-lore, and child- rearing.).
One of the most common rituals around the world is divination with a chicken. (One of the most common performances is taking a chicken and cutting it's head off and tossing it in a sack and then pulling out a live chicken.)
divination with chickens- well, the practice is not at all unusual- it is called "aklectromancy" , and it involves making a circle, writing the letters of the alphabet on 26 segments into which the circle has been divided, and putting a grain of corn upon them. a chicken is set loose, and the chicken would eat certan grains of corn. the letters under which the grain of corn was placed would spell out the word