Most people have two separate palm lines called the Heart line and Head line in 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 as the Masukake Line. While having this line has been associated with Down Syndrome as half of the people with Down Syndrome possess the Masukake Line, by 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 nice, it is also referred to as the Single Palmar Crease by palm readers.
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. It is also said that people who have this palm line are hard-headed, do not listen to other people’s opinions and may be clumsy in love matters.
It is said that Ieyasu, Hideyoshi and Nobunaga, who were top military leaders in old Japan, all possessed the Masukake line. The photo below shows an image of Tokugawa Ieyasu’s palm print that was taken when he was 38 years old. You can see that he has the Masukake line. Ieyasu was the first shogun of the Edo feudal government who managed to unify Japan and rule the country.
The Great Buddha in Nara also possesses the Masukake line.
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. Character Luffy also has the conquerer’s palm! The writer of One Piece thought that the Masukake Line suits Luffy’s personality, so he incorporated it into the design of Luffy.
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? Do you possess the Masukake line or know anyone who has it? If so, it might be interesting to see how the possessor’s life unfolds!