Hands event at 'Welcome Collection' (Nov 26, London)

Later today (November 26) the ‘Welcome Collection’ in London presents a ‘Hands’ event where you can get a palm reading! Imagine… how would your life look like without your hands? We sense, create and communicate with our hands. A social event for the incurably curious and celebrate these vital parts of our bodies across four floors of Wellcome Collection!!

From medicine to mesmerism, magic to mannerisms, visitors will find out about the curious history of digits, palms, fingers and thumbs, and put their own to use, as we celebrate the organs that shape the world around us. We will have scientists, artists, palmists and magicians at hand for discussions, performances and, of course, hands-on activities, all designed to make us look afresh at our body. ‘Manipulate’, ‘manoeuvre’ and ‘manufacture’ are all words deriving from the Latin word ‘manus’, meaning hand. These creative appendages allow us to make, touch and feel, but they also hold mystical and cultural significance. For one night only, visitors can explore a digital age that goes back millennia. 

INCLUDING: 

• Revel in the mystery of hands with palmistry and neuroscience illusions.
• Try out some nail art.
• Get dexterous with games and computers from different ages – and paper, scissors, stone.
• Enjoy an installation produced by young people from HCA, Coram’s Fields, KCBNA and artist Elaine Duigenan.
• Try out some surgeon’s tools, and see how steady your hands are.
• Explore the wonders of handwriting in the Wellcome Library, and meet a palaeographer and a graphologist.
• Play a piano and see your digits up close.
• Enjoy the physical theatre performance of The Articulate Hand with Andrew Dawson. Performances start at 20.00 and 21.45. Tickets are available on the night of the event only.
• Hear from evolution expert Christophe Soligo on the difference between the hands of apes and humans. Tickets are available on the night of the event only.
Chris McManus will uncover the science of left and right handedness. Tickets are available on the night of the event only.

LOCATION: 183 Euston Road, London (nov 26, 19:00 – 23:00) 

It’s a FREE event, so anyone can drop in anytime!!

A discussion about more details of this ‘hands’ event is available at the Modern Hand Reading Forum.

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Fingerprints provide finger grip + a touch-filter.

Fingerprints provide finger-grip + a touch-filter.

The function of fingerprints: ‘finger grip’ + ‘touch filter’:

Many palmists & hand analysts including the fingerprints in a hand reading. But what is the basic function of our fingerprints really?

Researchers from Paris (France) have recently presented new evidence that your fingerprints not only provide ‘finger-grip’, but the ridges also function as a filter for the human touch!

The word ‘fingerprints’ refers to the impressions made by the skin ridges on the fingers & thumbs – by the way: palms can leave the same impressions: ‘palmprints‘.

The major function of these skin ridges is to provide ‘friction’, or ‘traction’, when we grasp objects in daily life. And as a consequence because of the presence of skin ridges on our fingers & palms, objects held in our hands do not slip through our fingers.

For many years scientists believed that the fingerprints (skin ridges) have a second function: the enhancement of our sense of touch. But untill recentely there was hardly any hard evidence for this assumption. But times have changed since january 2009: French physicists at the ‘École Normale Supérieure‘ in Paris have presented new research. They found that the skin ridges (fingerprints) also amplify / filter vibrations triggered when our fingertips brush across an uneven surface. These processes help transmiting the signals of ‘touch’ to deeply embedded nerves involved in fine texture perception.

Some facts reported by the French fingerprint research:

• The researchers report that certain vibrations from the patterned fingertip are 100 times stronger than those from the smooth fingertip.

• The distinctiveness of fingerprint patterns from one person to the next does NOT(!) seem to have an effect on filtering capabilities – so regarding the sensitivity for ‘finger-touch’ it hardly makes any difference what type of fingerprints you have!

• The research was done with an ‘artificial fingertip’ – the first ever presented in the world!

Fingertips & fingerprints.

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Palmistry in Yangon, Myanmar!

November 30, 2008

Palmist Theikpan Myint Oo reads hands in Myanmar.

Palmist Theikpan Myint Oo reads hands in Myanmar.

Palmistry in Myanmar

For those who believe that the lines on your hand form a map of your life, the palmists of Yangon can offer advice, consolation and, should danger loom, warnings.

The shape, contours and colour of the palm of the hand and the length and pattern of the hand creases formed when it folds are a reliable guide to the person’s past, present occupation and preoccupations, and also their future.

“The lines on your palm describe what kind of person you are and predict what trouble you experience at present,” says Daw Khin Yadanar Sint, who has made a career of reading the palms of people from all walks of life since 1993. She added that astrologers can tell a lot about a client by examining his or her hands. Even the colour and shape of a palm can hold clues, so that vegetable sellers have flat palms and rich and successful people have pink and fleshy palms.

Daw Khin Yadanar Sint said every line on the human hand has a meaning. A person might travel many different paths during a lifetime and encounter many events that mark important stages in the journey. Her job is to advise on the right move at the right time to ensure success in work, or in love.

Most people approach famous palmists and astrologers whose predictions appear weekly in local journals, hoping for a glimpse of the future.

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Leeds
Harrison Richards - Palm reader in Leeds
Harrison
Richards

Palm reader Harrison Richards reads palms in Leeds

Expertises:
Contemporary palmistry.

FULL PROFILE:
Palm reader Harrison Richards

Harrison Richard's website

At his website Palm-reading.co.uk Harrison Richards Harrison Richards describes how he has read the minds, palms and cards of thousands of people around the world, both in person and on national television. Harrison Richards appears to have pulled the ancient art of palm reading kicking and screaming into the 21st Century!

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Do you have a simian line?

Hands on health

Do you have a simian line?

November 2, 2008

The simian line.

The simian line.

A simian line variant.

A simian line variant.

A simian crease variant.

A simian crease variant.

A single transverse crease variant.

A single transverse crease variant.

A perfect simian line!

A perfect simian line!

The simian line

The simian line has been well-known since R.L. Down discovered in 1906 it’s significance in Down syndrome – it was his father who actually discovered the Down syndrome in 1866. Since then the simian line has been studied in many other aspects of life. The full article presents an overview of the most relevant aspects of the simian line.

HOW TO RECOGNIZE A SIMIAN LINE?

A typical ‘simian line’ is characterized by the presence of a single line that runs across the palm of the hand. People normally have three major hand creases in their palms. Only when the simian line is present there are only two major creases. By the way, the simian line can manifest in various line constellations in the palm: some examples are present at the left.

SIMIAN LINE SYNONYMS

The most popular alternative names for the ‘simian line’ are:

  • simian crease
  • single palmar transverse crease
  • simian fold
  • WHAT DOES A SIMIAN LINE MEAN?

    The simian line appears to be related to rich scala of medical problems. Wrongdiagnosis.com presents a list of 93 causes of the simian crease, including Down syndrome, fragile-x syndrome and the cat-cry syndrome. However, one should never forget that the simian line (simian crease) is also found in the hands of perfectly healthy people!

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    Vanesh Kansara - Palmist from Ahmedabad
    Vanesh
    Kansara

    Palmist Vanesh Kansara reads palms in Ahmedabad (India)

    Expertises:
    Prime Prediction Palmistry: ‘HASTREKHA’.

    FULL PROFILE:
    Palmist Vanesh Kansara

    Prime Prediction Palmistry

    Vanesh Kansara on primeprediction.com, his website:

    “No astrologer or palmist is the God himself. He has his own limitations, so anybody asking questions, should never think that he contacts the God himself. In facts, the Astrology or the Palmistry is based on certain rules & calculations.”



    stuttgart
    Manfred Magg - Hand Analysis & Palm Reading
    Manfred
    Magg

    Palmist Manfred Magg reads palms in Aichwald – Stuttgart (Germany)

    Expertises:
    Astropalmistry ‘hand and horoscope’: the combination of Palmistry (Chirology) and Astrology.

    FULL PROFILE:
    Palmist Manfred Magg

    Hand and Horoscope

    Manfred Magg writes on his website www.handundhoroscope.de about astropalmistry:

    PALMISTRY AND ASTROLOGICAL CONSULTING

    There are different ways to use palmistry (chirology) and astrology. I work with them as a very practical way for self-knowledge and to understand certain situations or developments that point to the future.

    Palmistry (Chirology ) and astrology complete each other perfectly, as a characterology and for a better understanding of one’s own biography. They help you to live consciously and to do the right thing at the right time.”

    The origins of Palmistry!

    August 20, 2008

    The origins of palmistry

    The origins of palmistry

    The origins of Palmistry:

    There are at least two palmistry traditions; Eastern and Western. A relationship between those two traditions has existed historically as well. It turns out not everyone believes that the Gypsies brought palmistry to the West.

    FULL ARTICLE:
    Theories and speculations about the origins of western palmistry

    According to Fred Gettings (1965), the earliest reference to palmistry (palm reading) in Indian literature appears in the Vasistha, Rule 21. There, an ascetic is forbidden to earn his living by explaining omens, or by engaging in astrology and palmistry. The Ancient Code of Manu, also Vedic, upholds similar principles.Yet, in later times, palmistry became highly regarded in India. Palmistry was considered so important that the hands of gods in paintings and sanctuaries were carved with markings of lines and symbols. They were highly exaggerated, and not very similar to real-life palms.

    Trade was open to the Greeks through established routes used by Arabs for centuries. What became Western palmistry traveled East. Alexander the Great, a pupil of Aristotle, is conjectured to have brought interest in the art back. Lines appeared on the palms of Greek statues of gods as well.

    However nice this theory sounds, I would be remiss not to point out that Ancient Egyptians, Chaldeans, Sumerians, and Babylonians all have been credited with originating the art as well.

    A few months ago I even received an email from an Independent reader in Thailand who suggested that palmistry began with Native American tribes in the US. My reader suggests that Carl Jung wrote the forward to the book by Julius Spier, The Hands of Children, and was remiss in not mentioning that Erich Neumann’s wife was an internationally know palmist. Jung took an interest in palmistry, the reader points out, and regarded Neuman highly, but didn’t in all his letters or books mention his wife reading hands.

    In the Western tradition, the art evolved from basic lines, to hand shapes, to texture and markings. Medieval writings focus on the lines. By the sixteenth century, the spirit of individuality was emerging. Early Renaissance scholars were often well versed in palmistry, and markings for different kinds of patterns were devised.

    The practice, still thought of as an art, was closely connected to astrology. Each finger and mound was related to a planet. It was thought a whole constellation of one’s life could be read in the thumb.

    So, when you go in for the art of divining, be sure you get your money’s worth. The whole story is not told in the lines. Like the history of trauma, the history of palmistry is buried underground and often veers off course. Its development has not unfolded in a linear fashion. In England, palmistry was not pursued with the same intensity as it was elsewhere. Chiromancy was primarily associated increasingly with the gypsies. Universities did not pursue its scholarship and practice, as did institutions of higher learning on the other continents.

    If the gypsies came from the Pariahs of India, as some maintain, this would mean an alternate route of dispersion of Western knowledge. Traveling from shire to shire in the 1500s, they performed all sorts of crafts to get money from the landholders; palmistry being one such craft. But a practitioner among the lower classes was considered to be either a gypsy or a witch, thus the practice of palmistry merited death according to a law that was not repealed in England until the reign of George III.

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