What is the history behind palm reading?
Suggestion by ChainLightning ⅜
Palmistry, also known as chiromancy, is the practice of telling fortunes from the lines, marks, and patterns on the hands, particularly the palms.
Palmistry was practiced in many ancient cultures, such as India, China and Egypt. The first book on the subject appeared in the 15th century. The term chiromancy comes from the Greek word for hand (cheir).
Palmistry was used during the middle ages to detect witches. It was believed that certain spots on the hand indicated one had made a pact with the Devil. Palmistry was condemned by the Catholic Church but in the 17th century it was taught at several German universities (Pickover, 64). Britain outlawed palmistry in the 18th century. It is popular enough in America in the 20th century to deserve its own book in the Complete Idiot’s Guide series.
According to Ann Fiery (The Book of Divination), if you are right handed, your left hand indicates inherited personality traits and your right hand indicates your individuality and fulfillment of potential. The palmist claims to be able to read the various lines on your hand. These lines are given names like the life line, the head line, the heart line, the Saturne line. The life line supposedly indicates physical vitality, the head line intellectual capacity, the heart line emotional nature, etc.
Some palmistry mimics metoposcopy or physiognomy. It claims that you can tell what a person is like by the shape of their hands. Creative people have fan-shaped hands and sensitive souls have narrow, pointy fingers and fleshy palms, etc. There is about as much scientific support for such notions as there is for personology or phrenology. All such forms of divination seem to be based on sympathetic magic and cold reading.
The authors of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Palmistry, Robin Giles and Lisa Lenard, claim that “palmistry works because your hand changes as you do.” They claim to have a few anecdotes to back them up on this, but fail to produce any scientific support for the claim. They also think that cloning makes it much easier for us to understand how palmistry works. “Palmistry is possible because you are represented in your hand. No two hands are alike because you–and your cells–are unique.” True, and they are as likely to discover whether I will marry a rich woman or find the job of my dreams by looking at my cells as by looking at my palms.
Although you can often tell a lot about a person by examining his or her hands, there is no scientific support for the claim that you tell such things as whether you will inherit money or find your true love from the lines or marks on your hands. I suspect that many of those who think they have found support for palmistry are guilty of confirmation bias and have found it in the form of anecdotes.
The desire for knowledge of the future seems to be at the root of palmistry and other forms of divining secret knowledge through paranormal revelations. Also, fortune tellers relieve us of the obligation to gather evidence and think about that evidence. Our palmists and graphologists, etc., also relieve us of the difficult task of evaluating the consequences of taking various actions. They absolve us of the responsibility of decision-making. They are great comforts, therefore, to the insecure, the lazy, and the incompetent. Of course, they can also be data points, i.e., they provide one more piece of data that a person can use to make a decision. Some writers even use divination such as the Tarot or the I Ching to give them ideas for characters or plots (Pickover, 40-41). They probably could do just as well by thumbing through the Bible, a newspaper, a poetry anthology, an encyclopedia, or a skeptical dictionary.
What do you think? Answer below!
I want to know how can I know my character from my fingers shape?
some people said when your fingers are short that means that you ara clever & if they are long you are lucky I want to know more about that
Suggestion by carl
actually i nuno bout those thngs.. tnx for sharing.
Suggestion by SUFI
If your a pr**k your a pr**k, doesn’t matter what size or shape your fingers are…
Suggestion by harriettpotty
This is to do with palmistry. It is more than your fingers, yet they do play a large part to someone like me when I met you face to face and I see the back of your hands and the shape of your fingers and the Thumbs are also important too.
You can obtain many books on this subject…easy to read ones, many books can be purchased on ebay second hand. The study of Palmistry is ancient and it is an amazing tool. The fingers do count in their shape and size, short knobbly, quick with their fingers especially with creative enterprise…that can be seen as lucky, they are also easy going, psychic/intuitive & much more, however other lines must be taken into consideration to determine anything, features and attitude may determine luck to the owner of a lucky shape or hand print line as in blarney lines (money magickally appears when needed, never wanting for it – and never needing to for that matter) Long fingers, psychic fingers, also artistic, thinner than most belong to very highly sensitive people. Medium thickness, versatile flexable, people whom have alot of things on the go, not always finishing what they start lol, very sociable can fear change and be stubborn at times. Thick fingers, rigid, practical, logical minded, sees in black and white, stands from the square, likes order and discipline, attention to detail, can handle hard work, Long or Short.
Some of the most lucky and wealthiest people may not show all those lucky signs to begin with, the left hand is what we are born with, the right hand changes as our lives change. If people took time “patience” to study this themselves, they will ‘see’ their lines changing on their palms. Lines appear when new direction is sought….
….let your fingers do the walking….
Love, Light ‘n’ Laughter!
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