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is an ancient form of divination. The
practice was performed in ancient Rome by priests called augurs.
It entailed the interpretation of auspices, that is the movement of birds
and/or the movement of animals. Also included in this form of divination
was the interpretation of the significance of thunder and lightening. Those
signs on the augur's left or east side denoted a favorable outcome, while
those on the right pointed to an ill-omen. This method of divination was
practically unknown in ancient Mesopotamia and Palestine. A.G.H.
Riland, George, The New Steinerbooks Dictionary of Paranormal,
New York, Warner Books, Inc., 1980, p. 19
Buttrick, George Arthur, Gen. Ed..The Interreter's Dictionary of the
Bible: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, Nashville: Abingdon, 1962