In India, Trained Parakeets Will Tell Your Future

Parrot fortune telling is a well-known form of Astrology in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Fortune tellers, like Satya Keerthi—who is profiled in this short documentary—train parakeets to sift through stacks of cards with images and different meanings. Being a parrot astrologer is an occupation that’s been in Keerthi’s family for generations: “There is no official school to attend for training,” he says. “If you’re interested in the job, the elders of the house will train...

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