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GEOMANCY. The term geomancy comes from medieval Latin geomantia, first used in Spain in the twelfth century as a translation of the Arabic `ilm al-raml ("the science of sand"), the most common name for this type of divination. The practice is to be distinguished from a Chinese form of prognostication based on landforms, also called "geomancy" in English, that is entirely unrelated to the Islamic art. The origin of the practice is a matter of speculation, but it appears to have been well establis ...more

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