Rumpology

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Rumpology or "Bottom Reading" is a pseudoscience akin to physiognomy, performed by examining crevices, dimples, warts, moles and folds of a person's buttocks in much the same way a chirologist would read the palm of the hand.[1]

History[edit]

The term rumpology is a neologism. The American astrologer Jackie Stallone claims that rumpology is known to have been practiced in ancient times by the Babylonians, the Indians, and the Ancient Greeks and Romans,[2] although she provides no evidence for this claim. Stallone has been largely responsible for the supposed "revival" of rumpology in modern times.

Theory and practice[edit]

Rumpologists have a variety of theories as to the meaning of different posterior characteristics. According to Stallone, the left and right buttocks reveal a person's past and future, respectively, although she has also commented that "The crack of your behind corresponds to the division of the two hemispheres of the brain".[3] According to blind German clairvoyant and rumpologist Ulf Beck, "[a]n apple-shaped, muscular bottom indicates someone who is charismatic, dynamic, very confident and often creative. A person who enjoys life. A pear-shaped bottom suggests someone very steadfast, patient and down-to-earth."[4] The British rumpologist Sam Amos also uses shape to diagnose personality,[5] and claims that "A round bottom indicates the person is open, happy and optimistic in life. However, a flat bottom suggests the person is rather vain and is negative and sad."[6]

Rumpology can be performed either by sight, touch or by using buttock prints.[2] In addition to live readings, Jackie Stallone will perform buttock readings using e-mailed digital photographs,[7] and has claimed to predict the outcome of Presidential elections and Oscar awards by reading the bottoms of her two pet Doberman Pinschers.[8] Ulf Buck claims he can read people's futures by feeling their naked buttocks.[4]

Criticism[edit]

Upon learning about a TV show 'rumpologist' known as Professor Jose Miranda (a pupil of Stallone's[7]), the Florida psychic Sheree Silver disassociated herself from the practice, telling the Sun-Sentinel, "I can't imagine anyone wasting their time and money on someone like this when there are so many legitimate psychics out there."[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carrol, Robert Todd. "Rumplogy for Dummies". The Skeptic's Dictionary. 
  2. ^ a b "Jacqueline Stallone's Rumpology Reports!". Retrieved 2007-06-05. 
  3. ^ Reiter, Amy (September 13, 1999). "This is Sly's mom on crack". Salon.com. 
  4. ^ a b Tattersall, Nick (July 9, 2003). "Blind Psychic Gropes Buttocks to See Future". Sounding Circle (Reuters). Retrieved 2007-04-25. 
  5. ^ Jackson, Kate (June 30, 2009). "Ass-tronomy". The Sun (London). 
  6. ^ "Have a rumpologist read your bottom". Metro. January 5, 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "rumpology". The Skeptic's Dictionary. 
  8. ^ Reiter, Amy (March 21, 2001). "Streisand: Stallone's mom's butt prints are hot!". Salon.com. 
  9. ^ "Psychic TV `rumpologist' becomes huge hit on Spanish-language TV". The Book Of THoTH. 

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