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Depiction of Adam and Eve being cast out from the Garden of Eden in the Dispersed Falnama

Falnama is a book of omens used by fortune tellers in Iran and Turkey during the 16th and 17th centuries. Individuals seeking insight into the future would engage in a series of purification rituals, turn to a random page in the Falnama, and interpret the text and drawings thereon for good or ill.[1] Falnama manuscripts were primarily created during the 16th and 17th centuries as the Islamic calendar was approaching the year 1000.[2]

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Falnama: Book of Omens


  1. ^ Falnama's Book of Omens, accessed 11/29/09
  2. ^ BBC: Behind the Books of Omens
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