Gypsies have contributed to spread chiromancy or palmistry, that is the art of becoming familiar with a person and predicting his future reading the palm of his hand. Chiromancy, term that comes from the Greek language, is divided in two branches: chirology, so the study of the palm, and chirognomy, that is the study of the form of the hand.
Palmistry roots can be found in Indian astrology. In fact, it is believed that the Wiseman Valmiki wrote a book, today lost, with the title of “The Teachings of Valmiki Maharshi on Male Palmistry”.
This art became very famous in China in 3000 B. C. and after in Tibet, Egypt, Persia and up to Greece, where it was practiced even by Anaxagoras. Some traces of Ancient Greece can be found in the terminology, referring to some parts of the palm.
Even Gypsies contributed to spread palmistry, and they are still practising this ancient pseudoscience, as it was defined due to a lack of scientific evidences.
Reading the lines
There are three main lines that are taken into consideration:
- The heart line: for physical or sentimental heart problems. Depending on its form, it can give you information on emotional stability, sentimental hopes, emotions etc.
- The head line: it shows how your mind is receptive and it gives you information on how it works and what is its approach to learning, knowledge and communication.
- The life line: regardless of its length, it shows you your wellness level and it is possible to find traces of cataclysms, accidents or changes which will happen in the future.
Another line which is generally found in people who are affected by Down syndrome is the simian crease, that is the fusion of the heart with the head line. Sometimes it can be found even in healthy people and it is considered as a lucky sign, because it shows great mental concentration and imagination, that can mean you are inclined to clairvoyance. Famous people who discovered to have the simian crease are Robert De Niro and Buddha.
*Literal translation of the first line of an Italian song, Zingara by Bobby Solo and Iva Zanicchi