The liver, instead of the heart, was considered the center of life by the Babylonians, and as such was a sacred organ.
The liver is partitioned into four lobes, which could be interpreted or associated with the four elements or any other significant quadrisection. The surface was then divided into 50 square segments, each with its own connotation. There were also essential layers within the body of the liver, each with its own esoteric conception. But the main thing observed by the diviners was the liver's pyramid-shaped projection called the processus pyramidalis. A large processus pyramidalis was considered a very good omen; a cleft one was a sign of trouble, and a missing one was considered as the gravest omen of them all.
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