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The Real Reason Why Handshakes Were Invented

We were introduced to this world and we found handshake already in existence. We got introduced to it at a younger age knowing it was a sign of greeting. It is something we have grown with and is stuck in our minds since we shake hands almost on a daily basis.

First let's know what handshake actually is. It is a globally widespread brief greeting in which two people grasp one of each other's like hands, in most cases accompanied by brief up and down movement of the grasped hands.

Imagine if I told you handshake had a whole different meaning from what we believe it is for today. I did my research and found out that handshake is a custom that started in medivial times. The world was an unsavory place back then, and people often concealed weapons in their hands. The handshake was then introduced to be a way of affirming that neither you nor the person you were greeting was carrying anything intended to harm.

Over the years, the meaning and use of handshake has evolved. Most of us nowadays know it as a sign of polite greeting. It is also used as a parting tradition to say 'goodbye' to our visitors. Handshake nowadays also symbolizes peace and sincerity when making promise or an oath.

If you are glad that you finally know the real meaning of handshake, please leave a comment below, follow and share the article. Thank you for reading.

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