Thursday, September 13, 2012


Meaning: divination by the belly (referring to ventriloquism)

Usefulness: 1 (repurposed, this is an enormously useful word. For starters, my stomach can gastromantically divine all sorts of things - that it's time for elevenses, lunch, a martini, or all three.  However, it is more likely that I will use it to describe food: "Pork that good is unnatural: I suspect gastromancy.")

Logofascination: 1 (I have a thing for the -mancy list. I might need to limit myself to one a week.)

In the wild: In this article, which has an interesting suggestion as to what gastromancy used to involve. Update: and LTA explores various ancient texts on the subject here.

Degrees: 1

Connections: n/a

Used in: the (soon to be) famous -mancy list in G&P, the Third Book, XXV: How Panurge consulteth with Herr Trippa.
"By gastromancy, which kind of ventral fatiloquency was for a long time together used in Ferrara by Lady Giacoma Rodogina, the Engastrimythian prophetess."
Engastrimythian is from the Greek for belly speech, as ventriloquist is from the Latin. Fatiloquency is prophecy, but ventral fatiloquency suggests more than mere ventriloquism at work.

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