Pick up any physiology textbook and you will find the Homunculus Man. He was a caricature rendered by Dr. Wilder Penfield, who used this depiction to show the proportionate amounts of cerebral cortex dedicated to the function of our hands as opposed to the function of the rest of the body parts, including our face.
Our hands act upon the world (the motor function) and our hands sense the world around us (the sensory function) in much greater amounts than any other part of our body. In other words, our hands largely impact others’ worlds, and products produced by other people’s hands play a huge role on our lives. For example, the automobile designed and manufactured by someone else’s hands have impacted the lives of billions of people.
For a moment, just think of what our lives would be like without our hands; not being able to cook, tie our shoes, pick up a book to read, or even scratch an itch - not to mention, not being able to touch someone else? We do have other ‘motors’ in our body, such as, our feet and mouth, yet the outcomes produced by our hands are endless. In addition, we also sense the world through our eyes, ears, tongue, and skin, yet the hands have the capacity to be able to reach and receive more explicitly.
So, why don’t we analyze the face more extensively than the hands? The face is the first thing we see on another person and we can’t deny we judge other folks by their eyes and face, yet, any “face-reader” will tell you that they cannot ascertain as many factors as seen on the hand, such as, their Fate Line, the Head Line, or a multitude of other marks, loops, and features found on the hand. The depth and detail found on someone’s hand is undeniable. It is also interesting to note that the hand is more hidden than the face. You can’t hide your face as easily as you can hide the palm of your hand.
Scientific Hand Analysis is known by many names and practiced in its own right by varying cultures, although the most ancient findings were found in India. Hand Analysis is also known as Palmistry or Chiromancy, yet in Indian culture, it is known as Hasta (meaning hand in Sanskrit). The study of Hasta Samudrika originates from the Samudrika Shastra which encompasses studying features found anywhere on the body (samudrika meaning marks on the body in Sanskrit); consequently Hasta Samudrika focuses on analyzing the markings and features found on the hand.
Other body part analysis studies exist, such as, face analysis known as Physiognomy (Mukha Samudrika), human skull analysis known as Phrenology (Kapal Samudrika), eye iris analysis known as Iridology, and the list goes on. However, the most extensive, comprehensive, and useful analysis is Hand Analysis (which also includes a study of the fingerprints, known as dactyloscopy, commonly used by forensic scientists).
Janet M. Perez
Founder of Your Mercury Messenger