The Book of the Hand

The Book of the Hand

Paul Tabori

Language: English

Pages: 224


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A book about hands and handedness, the use of hands, no hands, chiromancy, chirognomy, chirology, their similarities, and differences, writing (including graphology, but excluding Japanese calligraphy for some reason), reading (including Braille and sign language), and everything else you can think of about the history and use of hands that could be extracted from the body of knowledge that existed up to about 1961.

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of hands was part of the ceremonial in investing people to office, especially religious or ecclesiastical dignity. As for the fingers, to point with the middle digit was a sign of contempt, and classical writers referred to it as infamis digitus. A finger was sometimes used for a measure; four fingers represented a hand's breadth or palm and twelve a span. The finger of God-as His hand-was the symbol of His interference, power or operation. When the Egyptian magicians were compelled to admit that

into the keeping of the Dominicans of Ragusa, Dalmatia. In 1770 the Empress Maria Theresa had it brought to Schonbrunn, then sent it to Buda, the Hungarian capital, where it was enshrined in the so-called Sigmund Chapel of the Royal Castle. Until the end of World War II the relic was carried in solemn procession through the streets of Budapest on August 20th-St. Stephen's Day. Many miraculous cures and legends were attached to it some of which were recorded in an early medieval poem, the

or after battle. See, I am unarmed. Show me yours whether you have similar intentions. It was only gradually that women took to shaking hands, and it is an entirely modem development that men and women do it. The handshake has a good many forms. In Japan the inferior person used to remove his sandals when meeting his superior, crossing his hands by placing the right hand in the left sleeve of the kimono and crying out with a slow, rocking motion of his body: "Augh! Augh!" which means: "Do not

right-footed. Naturally it is equally difficult to determine rightfootedness, and the tests employed need severe checks. The manner of crossing legs, stepping on a chair, or stamping one's feet are not much use; but which leg a person would use to defend himself against a dog's attack, or which one he would employ to touch some object lying on the ground, is a fairly clear indication. Why soldiers step out with the left foot is a problem which occupied even Kant-and it is still a matter of

hieroglyphs were purely representational, based on imitation, almost servile naturalism. This went so far that, because history was conceived as something continuous, an unbroken, eternal process, in the hieroglyphs the signs and groups of signs follow each other without intervals, with no indication where a letter or word ended. Pictographic writing was certainly the original source of all writing. Semantically, we can find the proof for this in the fact that in most languages the verb for

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