Now I am not a superstitious man, but I love superstitions. I don’t believe my love life is written in tea leaves or that my Piscean astrology will require me to avoid making major decisions tomorrow.
However, I am always happy to latch onto any superstition that puts me in a good light.
Having travelled to Japan on many occassions I have of course come to know some of their superstitions.
One is related to peculiarities of the hand.
Palmistry, from a European perspective is all about reading the future from your palm. It is a little similar in Japan except they get very excited if you have this particular palm feature (which I have on both hands)
The Masukake Line!
Now, I bet you will look at your hand to see if it has this line…(you have probably done it already)
Known in the West as the “simian line” because monkeys have a similar crease, it is rare in the general population and, to quote a section of an article on this line,
“A palm with the Masukake line is said to be the mark of a conqueror. People who have this palm line supposedly demonstrate superior leadership skills and were born with great talents. They are very lucky from birth, and will achieve huge success with their amazing capabilities. It is also said that people who have this palm line are hard-headed, do not listen to other people’s opinions and may be clumsy in love matters.”
Naturally I ignored the last sentence as superstitious rubbish. However I am quite happy to claim that I have the same auspicious hands as Tokugawa Ieyasu himself!
If you possess the mundane hand of a “average” person when your head and heart lines drift of in two separate lines, then you have my pity and when I become the president of the world I will attempt not to be condescending.
There is even an entire Facebook group called “The Simian Line”. I am not convinced that all members are destined for greatness alas. Perhaps the lunatic asylum?