MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why do we shake hands?

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MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why do we shake hands?

Now that things are starting to slowly get back to normal people are starting to shake hands again. I shook someone’s hand at lunch today for the first time in months and it felt amazing.

But why do we even shake hands in the first place? Where did it start and why?

The concept of hand shaking as a greeting started back in ancient times when everyone would carry weapons like swords with them in case of battle. They way you would prove to someone that you could be trusted and are not carrying a weapon would be to reach out and shake their hand. Then we’ve just done it every since.


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