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Stands for "int? so 3, p. BWn here dawn As 660). ' : the niy stands for PDKVT TiBy *:sb thus certainly means before the rise l of the sun'. From this we see that the ceremony had ' to be performed early in the morning before sunrise. Exactly as in the Babylonian divination. In JRit. we read several times that the various offerings, which were a part of the divination ceremony, had to be offered and the various other preparations had to be made before the rise of the sun cf. , p. 100, 1. 69 f. ) : ; $amas sa-at-tu-ri niqe liq-qi *?
Bamberger, Fiirth, 1861-2, under the title Dnyt? HND in his book nnCB> nytT, Parti, pp. 15 and 16; see also the cf. for also J. Miiller, Eirileitung in die Responsen derbdbylonischen Geonen, p. 216), which different reasons are given (see nflCS? "1VB>, Part I, p. 16 ; also I| Tur Orah Hayyim, ch. 298), may also be connected with this nail magic. The attribution of magical powers to the nails and the supposed appearance of spirits in them may also be the reason for the old prohibition of throwing away the parings of the nails (see Talmud Babli, Mo'ed atan 18 a, and Niddah 178).
Tim by ' speech or by sight by writing'. passage from Rosenmiiller, 'Das alte und neue Morgenland', quoted by Hunger, op. 4, is of interest for this line. Speaking of cup-divination by the Rosenmiiller Persians, says that through the adjurations the diviner compelled the demons to give an answer either through an audible voice or through the constellation of the signs on the little stones or through the images of the persons concerning whom the inquiry was made. This threefold answer we have undoubtedly here in "ini, nsno and aro.