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Sadly due to time constrain, really have to decide on something soon. and narrow them down.

Also because the amount of information that i have to take in since it’s kind of a fairly new divination method to me o_o 

I have 2 questions. 2 different direction. I can’t decide which to take.

 

Divination is slowly becoming a ‘fading tradition’.
This is partially due to how contemporary divination is being told. For example,  horoscope and zodiac. How they are being mentioned as a generalisation makes people skeptical and take them on a surface level.

Divination is being narrowed down to just palmistry.

2 takes. 2 directions.

1.

inform people about how palmistry is being done. so that they will have this knowledge and go around trying on their friends for fun. it is supposed to be fun, not too serious. but information has to be simplified and categorised. maybe only the most basic is mentioned.

a) let GD group mates try reading their own palm on the spot. everyone try to figure everyone’s out.

format:
those big long exhibition boards which explains the different kind of palm lines etc.

b) let them try it on other people

format:
some pocket size book. Or A3 paper that can be folded to pocket size. the instruction bible! 

2.

do readings for the whole class. let them experience. no guarantee on the accuracy. (learnt it in a few days, what can you expect. hahaha.) but they wouldn’t know how to do it.

a) let them see everyone’s readings. 

format:
those big long exhibition boards. written on every board’s everyone’s fortune. will probably see many many palms and description at the side. description also to be printed out on paper for them to bring back. (disclaimers included)

 

3. 

yes i know, i said 2.

combine both!
do a mini pocket size manual, clear and concise so everyone can go around and try on their friends and do palm reading for 3 to 5 people from our class. (accuracy not guaranteed) 


Okie! I need a vote before Sunday! Please comment if you happen to read this!

Okie. Start with the posters design first i guess. *facepalms*

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2 directions.

Either

Do an exhibition, giving very simple instructions about how to do readings for yourself. it can be for fun. fortune telling with simple props and fun can be chosen.

Or

Do a systems projects of sorts. Go scan group mates’ palm or take a photo of everyone’s face and do face or palm readings. Print out the readings with everyone’s photos o_o (okie, i need to check how many people we have in our group)

Just wanted to write down the possible questions that can be raised, allowing it to go through my mind before i really decide on a final one. 

The questions are all in random order. not in order of importance.

 

1. How to make people gain interest in fortune telling other than just all fun and games, but also learn something about it. By simplifying them and showing important aspects. Purpose is to educate and inform.

2. Recreate a new fortune telling experience by creating new card games or new fortune telling that deals with chance. For example, Check your handphone, today is the 4th of the month, so we add up the numbers of your 4th contact number. 1 represents … 2 represents … 3 represents…

3. How to make them see fortune-telling in a different light. For example, make a GIGANTIC BIG BIG BIG FORTUNE COOKIE that vomits out random fortune slips. Or GIGANTIC COINS that people supposed to toss.

4. The topic of Self-fulfilling prophecy so that it does not happen. The problems lies in how humans interpret anything in life. At least 50% of the time, the brain are making guesses. Including the things we see. So yes, we can be ‘seeing’ things.

5. Apathy towards fortune telling. The I-Don’t-Care Attitude. Thus coming up with a quick and easy, clear and concise instruction booklet. Make it simple and interesting. 

6. Many does know about horoscopes and zodiac etc, but the fortune telling lost it’s qualities because of some misconceptions. So i can take this chance to change misconceptions.

7. Prove readings through statistics. For example, Aries are supposed to be stubborn, headstrong, energetic, with leadership qualities. Survey to see how true it is. Give statistics.

8. Remake the whole fortune telling experience. Decorate the place to get a FEEEELING of fortune telling.

9. Change people’s perceptions about fortune telling. People think it’s intriguing, some totally skeptical. Maybe it is possible to do something fun but make them think.

10. Simply mix fun and messages

11. People thinks that Tarots are serious and evil. Maybe the tarot story can be illustrated, in a cute and fun way for better understanding.

12. Touch on the topic on how people perceive images. Different opinions and misconceptions.

13. Why do people do fortune telling? For fun or to answer questions? People’s mindset towards fortune telling. Why seek for it?

Something interesting. East and West combined. In this website. Not much for now. I will find out more about it in the future. Maybe not for this project.

After gathering feedback, i’ve gained a lot of new directions. One of the comments that really struck me is what Kasxier said about chinese fortunetelling is being neglected as compared to the western ones.

And especially after the recent debate over the Chinese Zodiac at Wikipedia (please check the discussion page). I quote comments that are written there making comparisons between chinese and western fortunetelling/divination.

Chinese is confusing. I prefer Western Astrology. It doesn’t lie.

So narrowing it in the sense of Chinese Fortune-telling might be feasible.

But right now, anything can be possible.

Maybe i should just ask everyone to scan their palms and i post up readings during the exhibition. XD

I’m trying to get my Murphy’s law book back from my friend. Apparently, it has something that one can relate to as self-fufilling prophecy that might interest everyone.

fortunetelling [fawr-chuh n-tel-ing]
noun

1. the act or practice of predicting the future.
 

divination [div-uh-ney-shuh n]
noun

1. the practice of attempting to foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge by occult or supernatural means.
2. augury; prophecy: The divination of the high priest was fulfilled.
3. perception by intuition; instinctive foresight. 


All definitions are from Dictionary.com

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To simplify matters, here’s a quotation from Wikipedia

“If a distinction is to be made between divination and fortune-telling, divination has a formal or ritual and often social character, usually in a religious context; while fortune-telling is a more everyday practice for personal purposes. Particular divination methods vary by culture and religion.”

More on Wikipedia. Later.

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There’s so many different directions and aspects i can research on. 

What i have in mind
– historical aspects
– different kinds of divination
– the visuals
– how people interpret different visuals and words
– people’s beliefs and disbelievers

I think i will end up adding more to the list as research goes on.

“… through a personal collection or set of objects, documents, images, etc”

okie.
went through everything that i have at home and dug out  things that i have not touched for over 8 years. 

so…
what should i archive? 

why not choose a topic that i have taken deep interest in and take this chance to learn more about it?

took a different direction and found things that i didn’t really expect.