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For other uses, see Fortune teller (disambiguation). This article is about the commercial activity in modern western culture. For a general discussion, see Divination.
Part of a series on Paranormal Main articles[show] Skepticism[show] Related[show] Parapsychology[show] vote Fortune-telling is the practice of predicting information about a person’s life.
The scope of fortune-telling is in principle identical with the practice of divination. T
he difference is that divination is the term used for predictions considered part of a religious ritual, invoking deities or spirits, while the term fortune-telling implies a less serious or formal setting, even one of popular culture, where belief in occult workings behind the prediction is less prominent than the concept of suggestion, spiritual or practical advisory or affirmation. Historically, fortune-telling grows out of the folkloristic reception of Renaissance magic, specifically associated with Romani people. During the 19th and 20th century, methods of divination from non-Western cultures, such as the I Ching, were also adopted as methods of fortune-telling in western popular culture.
An example of divination or fortune-telling as purely an item of pop culture, with little or no vestiges of belief in the occult, would be the Magic 8-Ball sold as a toy by Mattel, or Paul II, an octopus at the Sea Life Aquarium at Oberhausen used to predict the outcome of matches played by the German national football team. (Persian Fortune Teller)
There is opposition to fortune telling in Christianity, Islam, and Judaism based on scriptural prohibitions against divination. This sometimes causes discord in the Jewish community due to their views on mysticism. Terms for one who claims to see into the future include fortune teller, crystal-gazer, spaewife, seer, soothsayer, sibyl, clairvoyant, and prophet; related terms which might include this among other abilities are oracle, augur, and visionary. Fortune telling is dismissed by the scientific community and scientific skeptics as being based on magical thinking and superstition. Read More Here