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Published February 28, 2023 Updated February 28, 2023

Joshi Bharát Tarot

A set of the major arcana created by an Indian fortune-teller living in Hungary.

1992 Hungary EZ + AZ GMK Nagy László Cartomancy Tarot Add to Collection

At first glance, these cards seem to owe much to the Rider-Waite Tarot. That is perhaps an illusion – it is more the colours which are reminiscent of the Rider-Waite Tarot than the actual designs. Each card is named in English and Hungarian at the foot. The cards are unevenly cut and have a glossy finish. Grey marbled backs. See the booklet

Joshi Bharát (Joshi means ‘fortune-telling’ and Bharát means ‘India’) was born in Bombay in 1955 but has lived in Hungary since 1980. There he became a puppeteer before becoming interested in fortune-telling. He has appeared on many TV programmes in Hungary.

Joshi Bharát Tarot designed by Nagy László. Printed by EZ + AZ GMK, Budapest, Hungary, 1992 Joshi Bharát Tarot designed by Nagy László. Printed by EZ + AZ GMK, Budapest, Hungary, 1992 Joshi Bharát Tarot designed by Nagy László. Printed by EZ + AZ GMK, Budapest, Hungary, 1992 Joshi Bharát Tarot designed by Nagy László. Printed by EZ + AZ GMK, Budapest, Hungary, 1992 Joshi Bharát Tarot designed by Nagy László. Printed by EZ + AZ GMK, Budapest, Hungary, 1992 Joshi Bharát Tarot designed by Nagy László. Printed by EZ + AZ GMK, Budapest, Hungary, 1992

Above: Joshi Bharát Tarot designed by Nagy László. Printed by EZ + AZ GMK, Budapest, Hungary, 1992. 22 cards + 36-page booklet in Hungarian. No box. Size: 74.5 x 120 mm. Purchased in Hungary.

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