Man, in order to foretell or control the future, uses many tools and ways: talismans, sorcery, astrology, numerology, palmistry, astrolabe, beads, sneezing…
Palmistry, dating back to the time of Aristotle, (384-322 B.C.E.), is still practiced to foretell the future. For instance: "Well, sir", said Colonel Hllandate, "first I have to give you a background. The key to Sarkhan-and several nations in Southeast Asia-is palmistry and astrology. All you have to do to learn this is to walk along the streets and look at the occult establishments. The men who operate them are called doctors, and they're respected. There are chairs of palmistry and astrology in every Sakhanese University, and the Prime Minister himself has a PH.D in Occult Science." The Ugly American, William J. Lederer and Eugene Burdick, copyright 1958, Crest Book, page 153'
Aside from astrolabe, a disk like instrument, which was introduced about 2000 years ago, we find 'beads', in use for more than 40,000 years. Some sculptures, in India, and almost all walking or sleeping Moslems carry a string of 2-foot long beads of 100 pieces in their hand. Apart from the prayer function, acting like an abacus, beads can trim down anxiety and above all help a judge reach a quick verdict: to send an innocent man to the gallows or set a criminal free.
Other decision making tools are a particular poetry book and a divine scripture. If a person is desperately in need of an expert advice, he may use either. In the case of the divine book, reaching a decision is much easier, as the pages of the book are marked, like guide words of dictionaries: Do it or Don't do it!.
If you have an important presentation scheduled, but exactly at the time you step out to get in the car, either you or someone else simultaneously sneezes, you've had it. Give up the presentation and go back to your room--an idea which is still around in India, and other countries up to Greece borders. It was Marco Polo who learned of this magic phenomena in 1271 while traveling in India. Of course, in Ancient Greece, sneezing meant Gods' approval of a mortal's action. It is said that in 401 BC the Athenian went to war with Persians because a soldier sneezed while a general was discussing his plan to attack.
Other instance of such nature can be found in internet. "Asian leaders often rely on astrologers, mediums, soothsayers and gurus. Once, before taking a trip abroad, Suharto(1921-2008) participated in rituals of slaughtering several water buffalos to bury the head of two buffalos on the eastern tip of Java, and its western edge for safety or security purposes while he was traveling abroad."