of the TOP TEN MYTHS of Palmistry
Without a doubt,
palmistry is one of the most misunderstood branches of the psychic
sciences. The situation is not helped by the fact that many - if
not most - of the commercially available books on palmistry insist
on perpetuating the myths that have grown up around an otherwise
rational and scientific discipline.
Here are just
5 of those myths:
#1: Prehistoric cultures practiced palmistry.
whom you talk to the history of palmistry is said to go back to
the Dawn of Time, and people will often point to the paintings of
hands found in the Stone Age caves of Africa, France and Spain as
evidence of our prehistoric interest in the subject.
or romantic as this may be to some, there are simply no facts to
support such a theory. "The very nature of palmistry limits any
history to a record of what has been written about the subject,"
observed noted palmistry scholar Fred Gettings in his 1965 book,
'The Book of the Hand.' Since our prehistoric ancestors left no
written records, we can only speculate as to why they painted hands
on the walls of their caves.
#2: Palmistry was studied and practiced by the ancient Greeks &
It is true that
there are many references to the practice of palmistry in the ancient
literature of India and China, and it is highly likely that much
of what was known about palmistry by the Greeks and the Romans originated
in India and China. But again, we have no surviving records from
the ancient Greek or Roman cultures that supports the somewhat hopeful
claim that such notable names as Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates
were practicing palm readers.
#3: Julius Caesar unmasked an impostor prince with palmistry.
There is a much-repeated
story in the literature of palmistry in which Julius Caesar received
a guest in his palace that claimed to be a prince from a royal family.
As the story
is told, Caesar was well-versed in palmistry and having looked at
the visitor's palm, declared the man and impostor and had him executed.
The story usually concludes with Caesar later receiving information
that supported his claim that the man was indeed an impostor.
The facts that
we have regarding the popularity of palmistry in ancient Rome, however,
just don't support this story. At least one contemporary Roman writer
reported that the ruling class preferred astrology as their oracle
of choice, and tended to look down on palmistry as being rather
middle class, and something below their station.
If this was
indeed the case, it is highly unlikely that Caesar would have chosen
palmistry to unmask the fraudulent prince, and far more likely that
he would have consulted the court astrologer.
#4: The Catholic Church banned palmistry.
like to play up the "forbidden wisdom" aspect of palmistry by claiming
that the Catholic Church condemned palmistry in 1000 AD and continued
to outlaw it during the Middles Ages.
The fact of
the matter is that with only two documented exceptions every Pope
in the Middle Ages exhibited an interest in many of the so-called
occult arts such as astrology, alchemy and palmistry. These subjects
were considered to be part of every learned person's education,
and were taught in Church-run universities throughout Europe at
The fact that
most of our earliest manuscripts on palmistry were found in European
monasteries helps to reveal that the Church actually helped preserve
palmistry rather than persecute it.
#5: Gypsies brought palmistry to Europe.
in a number of places that during the 15th century the Gypsies migrated
across Western Europe and introduced the art of palmistry to Europeans.
The record is
somewhat different, and indicates that palmistry was re-introduced
to Europe as an indirect result of the Crusades in the 12th and
13th centuries. Although the Crusaders traveled to the Middle East
to reclaim the Holy Land for Christianity, they also managed to
form alliances with some of the rulers there.
As a result,
the Crusaders were exposed to many of the scholarly works of the
Greeks and the Romans which had been preserved by Arab scholars
while Europe was busy being pillaged during the Dark Ages by any
one of a number of Barbarian-of-the-Month Clubs.
Among the texts
that the Crusaders brought back with them were copies of manuscripts
on palmistry, beating the Gypsies by about two or three hundred
For Myths #6 - 10, including:
There is no scientific basis for palmistry.
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