Luminous Oils and Waters of Wisdom: Shedding New Light on Oil Divination
The crucial position divination held in Mesopotamian religion and society, as well as beyond the Babylonian and Assyrian heartlands, has long been acknowledged and has justly received scholarly attention since the early days of Assyriology. Much progress has been made in the contextual study of divinatory theory and practice, although mainly focusing on extispicy and celestial divination, leaving aside the smaller, but considerable corpora relating to other types of divination. Oil divination is one such example. This paper attempts to elucidate its potential to contribute to current discussions concerning divination with insights from both the field itself but also other relevant Assyriological themes.