A form of divination performed by using sticks, sometimes called after the French term, baguettes.
In fact, Rhabdomancy really has nothing to do with divination, but is an occult means of seeking out hidden things using a rod, wand, staff, stick, arrow, or stick.
In medieval Europe, Rhabdomancy was widely used as a reliable means of searching for water or for underground silver. Marco Polo reports the use of rods or arrows throughout the Orient, and a later traveler describes it among the Turks. Tacitus says that the ancient Germans used for this purpose branches of fruit trees. The 'Lituus' of the Romans, with which the Augurs divined, is thought to have been an arched rod.
Dowsing is now more accurately used in place of Rhabdomancy for those practices which are not concerned with predicting the future.
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