Beliefs Related to Individuals’ Characteristics Revealed by Their Facial Parts Based on Phlu Luang’s Edition of Physiognomy Textbook

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Thanomrat Prapaiaxsorn
Wanna Numun

Abstract

 According to the ancient beliefs, Physiognomy plays a vital role in predictions based on different personal characteristics which are the cornerstone of human evolution. Good physiognomic characteristics are seen as the key to success in life. In addition, latent beliefs in predictions also indicate individuals’ spiritual anchors and social behavior which reflect their thoughts and understanding, recognition in society, and what will positively or negatively affect an individual person. This study aimed to investigate beliefs related to individuals’ characteristics revealed by their facial parts based on Phlu Luang’s edition of Physiognomy textbook. The study was performed through literature reviews and presentation of descriptive analysis results. The findings showed that, according to Phlu Luang’s edition of Physiognomy textbook, there were diverse beliefs made from observing how facial parts are related to different forms of fortune telling by considering 2 belief criteria: auspicious and inauspicious beliefs. Auspicious beliefs encompassed beliefs associated with 1) wealth, 2) job stability, 3) longevity, 4) power, fortune, and happiness, 5) intelligence and cleverness, 6) having a life partner, and 7) being an honorable person. Inauspicious beliefs comprised beliefs associated with 1) poverty, 2) hindrances and occupational downgrading, 3) shortened life expectancy, 4) foolishness, 5) having no kith and kin and being misfortune of having a life partner, 6) bad habits, and 7) distress and suffering from bad luck. The contribution of this study is the Thai wisdom-based observations of facial parts and fortune telling.
 

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Prapaiaxsorn, T. ., & Numun, W. . (2022). Beliefs Related to Individuals’ Characteristics Revealed by Their Facial Parts Based on Phlu Luang’s Edition of Physiognomy Textbook. JOURNAL OF SOUTHERN TECHNOLOGY, 15(2), 70–81. Retrieved from https://so04.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/journal_sct/article/view/252698
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