Cleromancy

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Cleromancy is a form of sortition, casting of lots, in which an outcome is determined by means that normally would be considered random, such as the rolling of dice, but are sometimes believed to reveal the will of God, or other supernatural entities.wikipedia
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Cleromancy is a form of sortition, casting of lots, in which an outcome is determined by means that normally would be considered random, such as the rolling of dice, but are sometimes believed to reveal the will of God, or other supernatural entities.

Sortes (ancient Rome)

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In ancient Rome fortunes were told through the casting of lots or sortes.
The method involved the drawing of lots (sortes) to obtain knowledge of future events: in many of the ancient Italian temples the will of the gods was consulted in this way, as at Praeneste and Caere.

Saint Matthias

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A notable example in the New Testament occurs in the Acts of the Apostles where the eleven remaining apostles cast lots to determine whether to select Matthias or Barsabbas (surnamed Justus) to replace Judas.
Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

Randomness

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Cleromancy is a form of sortition, casting of lots, in which an outcome is determined by means that normally would be considered random, such as the rolling of dice, but are sometimes believed to reveal the will of God, or other supernatural entities.
Cleromancy uses the casting of bones or dice to reveal what is seen as the will of the gods.

Patriarch Tikhon of Moscow

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In 1917 Metropolitan Tikhon became Patriarch of Moscow by the drawing of lots.
On 5 November 1917, after his election by vote as one of the three candidates for the reinstated Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev announced that Metropolitan Tikhon had been selected for the position after a drawing of lots as the new Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.

Dice

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Cleromancy is a form of sortition, casting of lots, in which an outcome is determined by means that normally would be considered random, such as the rolling of dice, but are sometimes believed to reveal the will of God, or other supernatural entities.
Dice can be used for divination and using dice for such a purpose is called cleromancy.

Sortition

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Cleromancy is a form of sortition, casting of lots, in which an outcome is determined by means that normally would be considered random, such as the rolling of dice, but are sometimes believed to reveal the will of God, or other supernatural entities.

Jonah

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A huge storm arises and the sailors, realizing that it is no ordinary storm, cast lots and discover that Jonah is to blame.

Purim

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Purim (Hebrew: Pûrîm "lots", from the word pur (גורל / fate), related to Akkadian: pūru; also called the Festival of Lots) is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the saving of the Jewish people from Haman, an Achaemenid Persian Empire official who was planning to kill all the Jews, as recounted in the Book of Esther ( Megillat Ester in Hebrew; usually dated to the 4th century BC).

Achan (biblical figure)

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The Israelites used cleromancy to decide who was to blame, and having identified Achan, stoned him, as well as his sheep, other livestock and his children to death.

Book of Jonah

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A huge storm arises and the sailors, realizing that it is no ordinary storm, cast lots and discover that Jonah is to blame.

Scapegoat

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Two goats were chosen by lot: one to be "for YHWH", which was offered as a blood sacrifice, and the other to be the scapegoat to be sent away into the wilderness.

I Ching divination

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I Ching divination, which dates from early China, has played a major role in Chinese culture and philosophy for more than two thousand years.
Among the many forms of divination is a cleromancy method using the I Ching (易經, yì jīng) or Book of Changes.

Haman

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Haman was also an astrologer, and when he was about to fix the time for the genocide of the Jews he first cast lots to ascertain which was the most auspicious day of the week for that purpose.

I Ching

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Similar to I Ching, this form of divination forms a binary-like series of eight broken or unbroken pairs.
The I Ching uses a type of divination called cleromancy, which produces apparently random numbers.

O-mikuji

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In Japan, omikuji is one form of drawing lots.
Literally "sacred lot", these are usually received by making a small offering (generally a five-yen coin as it is considered good luck) and randomly choosing one from a box, hoping for the resulting fortune to be good.

Astragalomancy

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Also known as cleromancy, the practice of contacting divine truth via random castings of dice or bones stretches back before recorded history.

Will of God

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Cleromancy is a form of sortition, casting of lots, in which an outcome is determined by means that normally would be considered random, such as the rolling of dice, but are sometimes believed to reveal the will of God, or other supernatural entities.

Supernatural

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Cleromancy is a form of sortition, casting of lots, in which an outcome is determined by means that normally would be considered random, such as the rolling of dice, but are sometimes believed to reveal the will of God, or other supernatural entities.

Ancient Rome

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In ancient Rome fortunes were told through the casting of lots or sortes.

God

New Testament

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A notable example in the New Testament occurs in the Acts of the Apostles where the eleven remaining apostles cast lots to determine whether to select Matthias or Barsabbas (surnamed Justus) to replace Judas.