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Nigel Pennick traces the cultural history of good fortune, from sacred divination to gambling, exploring how people have sought to divine the future and ensure protection. Discussing various divination methods, including dice, cowrie shells, bones, coins, cards, sticks, and stones, he unveils the meanings behind these practices. Pennick examines dice as sacred objects, reveals divinatory techniques, and explores their transformation into tools for gaming and gambling. The author also delves into the connection between divination and gambling, showcasing the quest for a better life through Lady Luck or the gods.

Author: Nigel Pennick