Early Ancient History of Palmistry

Written by Amber


The early ancient history of palmistry shows information on the laws and practice of hand reading in Vedic scripts, the bible and early Semitic writings.

paGreece was the first European country in which palmistry emerged. In his book Naturalis Historia, the Roman scholar Pliny 23-97 AD mentioned the idea that broken lines in the palm indicate a short life. Aristotle 384-322 discovered an exposition dealing formally and systematically with palmistry on an alter to the god Hermes.

The Greek physicians Hypocrites and Galen ad 130-200 were both believed to be knowledgeable about palmistry and are believed to have used palmistry as a clinical aid. Palmistry was a well-accepted practice in Ancient Rome and was part of Julius Caesar’s court policy.

Palmistry is also shown in Indian (Hindu) Astrology known in Sanskrit as Jyotish. The Hindu Sage Valmiki is thought to have written a book, whose title translates in English as “The Teachings of Valmiki Maharshi on Male Palmistry”, comprising 567 stanzas relating to major aspects of palmistry or hand reading published more than 5,000 years ago. Palmistry also has roots in Roma gypsy fortune tellers.

Early ancient history of palmistry reveals that the major aspects of palmistry in the ancient scripts in the Purana – the mythological books of Hindu Sastra, state that the Sage Nanda was one of the first practitioners of palmistry.

The most eminent and popular name among the Hindu palmists was Maharsi Vrigu, who is still regarded as one of the greatest palmists in India.

In the middle ages, the Catholic Church considered any type of divination to be in league with the devil, so the practice of palmistry was forbidden under penalty of death, thus the practise of palmistry was forced underground.

As the church started to lose its influence in society common sense prevailed. Paracelsus 1493-1541 and Fludd 1574-1637 brought respectability to palmistry through their writings.

Early ancient history of palmistry shows that by the 1800s palmistry was being used as a part of the medical school curriculum. The belief was that an illness was diagnosable by looking at several parts of a person’s anatomy, most notably the face and the palm of the hand, Anatomists still use this practice today.

Later Dr Carl Carus, physician to the king of Saxony in the 19th century matched palms to personality. Advances in genetics, psychology and forensics have propelled palmistry into the modern age.

The greatest palmist in Europe was Count Louis Hamon 1866-1936, more popularly known as Cheiro, wrote several books on palmistry.

In the UK Scotland Yard in 1901 began using fingerprinting as a means of identification. Medical researchers – dermatoglyphics who study skin patterns discovered a link between genetic abnormalities and unusual markings in the hand. Research has confirmed a link between specific fingerprint patterns and heart disease.

Today palmistry is well accepted throughout the world. Professional palmists can be found reading palms in every country in the world.

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