Molybdomancy

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Molybdomancy (not to be confused with molybdenumWikipedia) is the umbrella term for various divination practices involving molten metal (usually tin or lead, because they are common and have a low melting point). Practitioners usually pour the liquified metal into water, allowing it to solidify in a random shape that is then interpreted. (A similar type of divination is ceromancyWikipedia, and pagtatawasWikipedia, a Filipino folk tradition carried out by faith healers using either alum or wax candles) The term "molybdomancy" itself comes from the Ancient Greek word for "lead": molybdos.

The practice allegedly originated in Ancient Greece and is still used, or at least known, in the Balkans (usually under some variation of the name "pouring lead"). It has been also adopted as a quaint New Year folk-tradition in Germany (Bleigießen, "lead-pouring") and in some Scandinavian countries (Norwegian: støyping, "casting"; Finnish: uudenvuoden tina, "New Year's Tin").

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