Palmistry basically is a method of divination that studies the palm of a person tries to figure out the past, present and future related to that person. It involves studying not just the lines on the palms, but also the shape of the hand, marking found on the palms, the way the fingers and nails are formed, and even the color and feel of the palm. This art has been practiced from ages which are evident from the hand imprints of cave dwellers, the Vible, the Vedas and the Semitic scriptures.
The art is believed to have its origins in India. The ancient scriptures called ‘puranas’ mention that sage ‘Narada’ practiced palmistry which was followed by other sages. The book written by a sage called ‘Valmiki’ almost 5000 years back containing approximately 567 verses concerns palmistry for men and major aspects related to palmistry.
From India, this art was spread to countries like Tibet, Egypt, China, Persia and Europe. The earliest proof of importance to palmistry is evident in the sealing of posts by Chinese rulers in 3000 BC. Greek practitioners like Cherio and Anaxagoras were influential in spreading this art in Europe in the fourteenth century.
Hippocrates used palmistry along with diagnosis in his medical practices, Aristotle who chanced to find the golden book on palmistry handed the same to Alexander the Great who in turn used this to evaluate his officials. Julius Caesar is also regarded as an ardent practitioner of palmistry for evaluating his subordinates.
People like Paracelsus and Fludd wrote extensively on palmistry popularizing it further. In the nineteenth century, Dr Carl Carus brought out the relation between personality and palmistry. By 1901, Scotland Yard commenced usage of fingerprints in investigations. More work is in progress in this field.
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