The Bible And Key Divination
Category: RHAMANTA, OR OMEN SEEKING.
Source: Welsh Folk-lore
A key is taken, and placed on the 16th verse of the 1st chapter of
Ruth:--And Ruth said, intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from
following after thee; for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou
lodgest I will lodge; thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God.
The Bible is then closed with that part of the key that enters the lock
on this verse. The person who wishes to look into the future takes the
garter off his left leg, and then ties the Bible round with his garter,
which also passes through the loop of the key. He has with him a friend
who joins in carrying out the test. Both men place one of their big or
central fingers on the key underneath the loop, and press the key, so as
to keep the Bible steady and the key from falling. Then the man, who
does not consult the future, reads the verse above written, and should
the Bible turn towards the other man, it is an affirmative answer that
the young lady he loves will accept him.
The writer received this account from a man who had himself consulted the
future by the Bible and Key.
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