India

D’Arpentigny’s classification system for the hand is still used in India, where palmists may base readings solely on the thumbs. Readers examine skin ridge patterns, the horizontal lines (or rekha) that divide the thumb’s phalanges, the vertical rekha that run lengthwise up the thumb, as well as symbols and shapes formed by the lines and skin ridge patterns. The mallika rekha, named for a small jasmine-like flower, indicates a contented and joyful home.

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