Cartopedy is the ancient science of divining the future by studying feet. It is similar to palmistry, which studies the hands. In ancient India and Persia, cartopedists were consulted before major events. Rulers would frequently employ them for assistance in choosing a bride, for example.

Cartopedists carefully studied each foot, and careful measurements were taken. The arches and natural lines along the sole provided further clues. Together, all these factors could give valuable insight into a person’s character – important when choosing a spouse or hiring a new employee.

Cartopedy is still common in India and Pakistan. Together with palmistry, they are used to divine not only character but the future. Payvindas, foot trackers, work for the police to study criminals’ footprints, defining criminal characteristics to identify the perpetrator.