Do You Have the Masukake Line? Here’s What the Japanese Say it Means!

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  • How much do you know about palm reading? Do you believe that the lines on your hand signify anything about your future? It is unclear where fortune-telling using palms began, although people claim either Egypt or the Far East. In Japan, there is a belief that if you have a certain special palm line that is quite rare, then it means you will be lucky, wealthy, and successful throughout your endeavors in life! Are you one of the lucky few to sport the “masukake line”?

    Most people have two separate palm lines called the heart line and head line on the upper half of their palms. However, approximately 10% of people have the heart line and head line fused together to form one straight line across the palm, which is known in Japan as the masukake line. While having this line has been associated with Down’s Syndrome as half of the people with Down’s Syndrome possess the masukake line, by the Japanese, it is considered an auspicious line to have for healthy individuals. In English, the masukake line is also known as the simian line. Since simian means “monkey-like”, which might not sound very nice, it is also referred to as the single palmar crease by palm readers.

    What Does It Mean?

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    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. There are many people with the masukake line who have found wealth at a young age or been very successful with their pursuits. However, all good things come at a price. It is also said that people with this unusual trait are hard-headed, do not listen to other people’s opinions, and tend to be clumsy in love matters.

    Famous Masukake Line Owners

    It is said that Tokugawa Ieyasu, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Oda Nobunaga, who were top military leaders in old Japan, all possessed the masukake line. Ieyasu was the first shogun of the Edo feudal government who managed to unify Japan and rule the country. Perhaps their rare hand mark gave them the abilities needed to achieve glory and win many battles.

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    The Great Buddha in Nara also possesses the masukake line. Interestingly, he is also typically portrayed as having large ears, which in Japan is another sure sign that a person will achieve wealth. Other owners include previous Japanese prime ministers, Kishi Fukuda and Eisaku Sato, and manga artist Osamu Tezuka, whose artwork gained popularity when he was only 17 years old.

    Even in anime, a referral to the masukake line can be found, and especially fans of the One Piece series may find the following information interesting. The character Luffy also has the conquerer’s palm! The writer of One Piece must have believed that the masukake line suits Luffy’s personality, and so he incorporated it into the character’s design.

    Other Japanese Superstitions

    Japan is actually full of superstitions, some of them scary, and some of them a little bizarre, making us wonder where they came from! Some Japanese superstitions include the following: if you hiccup 100 times in a row, you will die, if you lie down right after eating, you will transform into a cow, if you see a spider at night time, it’s bad luck but if you see one in the morning, it’s good luck. Of course, Japan isn’t the only country with odd superstitions – think about the strange wives’ tales your mother might have told you when you were a child, such as bad luck for seven years if you open an umbrella indoors!

    Take a look at your hands. Do you or anyone you know posses this famous masukake line? If you do, you may find that you have some fantastic leadership skills and will do well in all your endeavors! Unfortunately, it might also mean you are a little stubborn and tend to be unfortunate in love. Does that sound like you, or do you believe the lines on your hands have nothing to do with your life luck or personality?

    Many people in Japan believe in palm reading. What do you think, could the truth and future already be written in the palms of your hands? What other palm reading superstitions do you know? If you know anyone with the masukake line, keep an eye on them and see how their life unfolds!

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