MRS. J. B. DALE.
Publishing Society, 7, Duke Street, Adelphi, W.C.
The Path, 144,
the Theosophist, Adyar.
Cheiromancy, the art of foretelling the events of life
by the lineaments of the hand, derived its name from the
Greek word cheiros, the palm, and manteia,
to foretell, whence it has been vulgarly called
Palmistry—as it is named in a recent Act of Parliament
to forbid its practice for gain or reward. In Coleman's
Mythology of the Hindoos, p. 202, it is
written: "On the Buddha's foot is the mark called the 'chakravarti,'
wheel or discus, which should have been on the palm of
the hand, by which the sages at his birth divined that
he would rise to considerable eminence." He says (p.
19): "Various data have been assigned to the period of
Buddha's existence. The most correct seems to be about
whence, as the sages practised cheiromancy at Buddha's
birth, its existence must have been much earlier known
among the Indians." "In the year......................