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Topic: Augury sheep with real insides! Tell the future, and see too many pictures!  (Read 7186 times)
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« on: May 11, 2008 07:36:52 PM »

Some time ago, I was having a conversation with a friend of mine in which the concept of reading entrails came up.  And we were playing around, and someone started saying things about computer generated druids, and how a computerized goat might freeze up in the middle of an augury, and you'd have to reboot, or make sure your sacrificial knife was compatible. 

And then somewhere along the line, this turned into the idea of a real stuffed goat, with real stuffed entrails.  I haven't found a goat yet (I'm not quite ready to buy one new, as I'd feel sort of bad butchering it before it's had a nice life as a normal stuffed animal) but I did find this nice sheep, and did horrible (but thoroughly researched) things to his little insides:



Most sheep are not equipped with zippers.  This feature is for the convenience of the haruspex (one who reads entrails):




Stomach (the stomach of a sheep may take up nearly a third of its little insides, according to the vet sources I looked up):


Intestines!


Two lungs and the heart:


And (most importantly for ancient augury) the liver.  You can also see the spiral colon all spread out:


The liver is made of paperclay and modeled after the liver of Piacenza, which is made of bronze, and was more or less an ancient Etruscan "textbook" to deciphering what a sheep's liver is trying to tell you about the future:




Augury Sheep's liver is a bit more direct.  It has fortune-cookie style fortunes which can be suited to the occasion, and distributed to the entire audience, not just whoever commissioned the sacrifice:


And unlike most creatures, the Augury Sheep is not the least bit distressed to have his guts spread out.  He knows that the next thing I'm going to do is put them all away again so his intestines don't get dusty. 

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« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2008 07:46:06 PM »

Haha! I love it!
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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2008 08:22:48 PM »

what a cute idea, I love the insides! =)
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« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2008 08:26:19 PM »

Okay, I am a Classics nerd to the extreme, and this is one of the coolest things I have ever seen! Not only is the little sheepy adorable, but he's filled like a pinata with coolness!

And the Etruscan "textbook" liver? Brilliant! You are the Craft Emperor.
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« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2008 08:45:04 PM »

This is hands down one of the awesomest crafts I have ever seen!!!
I love the attention to detail and the whole concept. I am very jealous and I want my own omen sheep.


One teensy weensy correction though...augury was the study of the flights of birds as a method of fortune telling. The correct term for your sheep would be a haruspicy sheep. Sorry to be pedantic, but I am a history major and a classical studies minor AND anal retentive!  Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2008 09:07:16 PM »

oh man, this kind of stuff is sooo up my alley, as weird as that sounds. i love that you even did research on the insides. super awesome. seriously amazing!
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« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2008 04:16:33 AM »

One teensy weensy correction though...augury was the study of the flights of birds as a method of fortune telling. The correct term for your sheep would be a haruspicy sheep. Sorry to be pedantic, but I am a history major and a classical studies minor AND anal retentive!  Cheesy


According to my dictionary, "augury" is currently defined as a sign of the future or an omen, or the work of an auger/ interpretation of omens.  Which may not be the original definition (I was a classics major too), but in this case I was going for the broader sense of foretelling.  That, and I had this feeling that there were probably only about five people on craftster who had any idea what a haruspex was, which is why I defined it in the post, instead of including it in the title...

Thanks, everyone!  This is possibly one of my favorite things, that I've made. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2008 05:28:24 AM »

that is so cool
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« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2008 05:30:55 AM »

This is so cool.  I don't know why, but I love it and now I want one.  And this is why I love craftster.
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« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2008 06:06:24 AM »

very impressive.. i love it!
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