Fortune Telling Manual, Thailand. Museum no. IM.6-1935.

Fortune Telling Manual, Thailand. Museum no. IM.6-1935.

Fortune Telling Manual
Thailand
Mid 19th Century
Folding manuscript of 'Khoi' paper
Height 33.4cm, width 10.5cm, depth 1.5cm
Museum no. IM.6-1935

Fortune tellers were consulted by every class of Thai society in the past. The system followed was based on the day and month of birth of the user. Illustrations depict the fates of individuals or of married couples in symbolic form. For example, couples influenced by the green princely figure with a bow who rides on a 'naga', or water spirit, will both fall.