A form of divination by the significance of omens drawn from the color, smell, direction and form of onion sprouts.
In one of the most popular methods, names, wishes, events, or answers to questions are placed in onions, which are then buried in the ground. The onion that sprouts first gives the required answer or indication.
In some parts of the world it is still traditional for young unmarried women to perform a type of Cromniomancy, meant to determine the identity of their future husband. It consists in carving the onions with the pretender's names or initials and then placing them near a fire ― preferably on the first day of December. The man whose name is on the onion that sprouts first will be the one.
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