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Soothsaying is understood here to denote any attempts to explore by means of magic beyond the boundaries of the knowable that were drawn in a society by science, religion, and everday experience. As a magical knowledge technique, soothsaying is designed to obtain information that ought not to be obtainable, including occult matters, but also knowledge about the future. It may be distinguished from the more strictly r…

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Dillinger, Johannes, “Soothsaying”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 05 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_029968>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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