I am particularly interested in the way non-literate cultures use memory palaces - they have perfected this stuff given they have to keep all their knowledge in memory. Using the landscape as a set of loci is common, but I have found they also all use hand-held devices. I am trying this and finding it surprisingly effective, but soon realised that they were just sets of loci on a small scale. If you want to find out about one, the best documented is the African lukasa.
Has anyone tried this? I am using a lukasa to encode the 403 bird species for the state - using 81 beads on my lukasa for the families, and also using normal journey loci as well for the larger families.
As it is well documented that indigenous cultures use stars and constellations as loci, I wondered if palm reading was also a derivative from using palms as a mnemonic. I am now encoding a basic astronomy course to my palms and the backs of my hands. I could take those into exams! It seems to be working well. Has anyone any information on palms being used as mnemonic devices other than as prompts for palm reading? I’m a science writer, so like to stay scientific.
Has anyone else used miniature memory palaces?
Any opinions on any of these ideas would be very welcome.