History of palmistry

Judging by the number of hand painted in prehistoric caves, it would seem the human hand held an interest for humans since the stone age. And human hands made of stone and wood by ancient civilizations were discovered by archaeologists.

It was also known that Julius Caesar judged his men by palmistry. Palmistry was used as a clinical aids by Hippocrates and Galen. It is told palmistry was practiced in may ancient cultures, such as Persia, Tibet, India, China and Egypt. Some say the Hindu sage Valmiki have written a book about the palmistry thousands years ago, and the palmistry spread to Egypt, China, Tibet and Europe from India.

However, 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. During the Middle Ages, the practice of palmistry was forced underground by the catholic church who branded it devil worshiping. It was one of the “forbidden arts” and anyone found to have an interest was quickly murdered. Palmistry was revived again in 1800s with Captain Casimir Stanislas D’Arpentigny’s book ‘La Chirognomie’.

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