January 26, 2022 – 4:56 pm hour
by Jessica Burger
On the fifth day, “I’m a celebrity get me out of here!” My soul is not grounded. Because Harald Glöckler and Eric Stehfest have almost deep psychological conversations about rebirth, paranormal activities, and prophecies on palm leaves. Yes, the latter in particular gave Glockler a lot to think about: “It’s amazing, there was so much in my palm that’s happening to me right now,” the costume designer said on the show. You can see exactly what’s in the video. You can watch the esoteric lesson with Eric Stehfest in the video.
But what are these palm leaf libraries in India and are there really prophecies on the leaves? With Dr. we once discussed Glöckler’s allegations with Jonas Buchholz of the South Asian Institute at the University of Heidelberg.
Palm leaf libraries already exist
Affirmation 1: “(…) You can go to a bookshop in India, find your newspaper and there are things there about your life now.”
fact check: That’s right – at least more or less. Palm leaf libraries are the rage right now. More and more travel companies are offering flights to India, Sri Lanka and Bali, where travelers can get predictions about the future. Probably the largest of these bookstores is in Bangalore, India, with over a million palm leaves. Travel company Mystic Travels describes a visit to the library on its website as “breathtaking” and that the palm fronds are the “single leaves of fate”. On the site, visitors only have to name their birthday, place and time of birth, so that palm leaf readers can find the correct prophecy.
Jonas Buchholz of the University of Heidelberg is skeptical of the whole thing. He explains in an interview with RTL: “In India there is a form of fortune-telling by people who pretend to have such palm-leaf scrolls and use these scrolls to express their fortunes.” This is a common form of fortune telling, especially in southern India, but the word is now widespread in western circles as well. “These fortune-tellers have a kind of palm leaf parchment in front of them and then pretend to make predictions from it,” Buchholz says.
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No one knows when and who wrote these papers
Claim 2: “7000 years ago, monks in India wrote on palm leaves the lives of the people that are happening now (…).”
fact check: Possible, but not yet proven. “It is absolutely inconceivable that the palm fronds at the site are 7,000 years old,” Buchholz says. The climate in India is very humid and warm, and palm leaves will only last for a short time. According to Buchholz, they can date back to the 17th century at most, but it is likely that they date back to the 18th century. “He moved such a large number of palm fronds over and over again over a long period of time without errors or unbelievable losses.” 7,000 years ago, India had no writing, he explained, and the palm leaf could only be described much later.
Writer Annette Friedrich says on her website “Palm Leaf Library” that the papers were not written by monks but rather by Rechs “singers, poets, poets and pioneers of sacred Hinduism”. But even this, according to Buchholz, is only a guess. “There is an idea that these directives were written by legendary sages, but this is not scientifically acceptable,” he says. Basically, it is not tangible at all who wrote these texts.
“I think that’s nonsense!”
Claim 3: “(…) I have moved to the country, I will live from 98 to 100 years, always stay healthy, and do not have to worry about material things!”
fact check: Nobody knows what is actually written on the palm fronds. “Nobody really looked into that, you actually have to look at these manuscripts,” Buchholz says. But he suspects this might be difficult because the fortune-teller would not allow anyone to look at their cards. Since the papers were probably written in Old Sanskrit and Old Tamil, the layman could not easily translate them either. Is there still something to Glockler’s prophecy? “Personally, I think that’s nonsense, if I’m honest,” Buchholz says clearly. “These are nothing but crystal balls or tarot cards and other fortune telling stories!” Perhaps fortune-tellers use palm fronds only as accessories and tell their clients what they would like to hear.
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RTL shows Jungle Camp starts January 21, 2022 at 9:30 PM – after which IBES runs every day from 10 PM (Thursday from 9:15 PM). In parallel with TV broadcasting, there is also fun in live broadcasting on RTL +. All episodes of “I’m a Celebrity – Get Me Out of Here!” Available of course to stream online afterwards.