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The periodic nature of astronomical phenomena rendered this category of signs amenable to prediction, which, from our point of view, distinguishes celestial divination from other forms of scholarly divination.
CONCLUSION: THE CLASSIFICATION OF BABYLONIAN DIVINATION AS SCIENCE
If the character of observables is indeed "the index of the whole framework of science" (Wartofsky), then the system of Babylonian divination as science encompassed a broad spectrum of the phenomenal world.
Whether or not one classifies Babylonian divination as science seems to me best pursued, as Hesse put it, "in the spirit of the principle of no privilege.
3) For general studies of Mesopotamian divination, see A.
13) In a letter from the celestial divination expert Marduksapik-zeri to king Assurbanipal, the scribe describes the breadth of his learning: "I fully master my father's profession, the discipline of lamentation; I have studied and chanted the Series.
Regardless of which reading ultimately proves to be right, divinations of this type attest to one of the many subtle nuances of early divination mechanics and illustrate the determination of diviners to gain results based on the subjective motives and decisions of their client-patron.
Wei Cide [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], Yinxu Huayuanzhuang dongdi jiagu buci yanjiu [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (Taibei: Taiwan guji, 2006), 154-55, makes the connection between these divinations and a later zi [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]-rite, a ritual action where the chief offerings were grain offerings.
This is demonstrated beyond a doubt by the sequence of three interrelated divinations on HYZ 132 and by the two dates that appear in the initial divination cited below (132.
of approximately 2,500 individual divination accounts engraved on hundreds of intact and half-intact turtle shells and bovine scapulae.
5) It occurs most frequently in two types of divination statements:
As the topic of the divination statement that focused on the selection of the prayer-maker, or whether prayer should be incorporated into an aforementioned ritual activity.