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Handshake: where did it come from and what does it mean
Many people (mostly only men) use the handshake every day while greeting close friends or complete strangers. Do they know what it means? I suppose that they can be informed about 50% of it. However, this gesture has deep roots in history and sometimes it may even offend a person.
Price and age of a handshake
Nobody knows for sure when a person first gave a hand to another person, but the fact that it is a very ancient gesture is evidenced. For example, the Babylonian king Marduk-Zakir-Shumi was shaking hands with Shalmaneser III, king of the Assyrians.
They shook hands in 855 BC. The details of this truly historic handshake are interesting.
The Babylonian king Marduk-Zakir-Shumi was driven out of Babylon by his brother, Marduk-Bel-usati. The angry king turned to the Assyrian ruler Shalmaneser III for help. Shalmaneser helped that Marduk-Zakir-Shumi was forced to give him significant territories back and became a vassal of the Assyrian king.
Then a civil war broke out in Assyria. Shamshi-Adad V began to fight for the throne after turning to Marduk-Zakir-Shumi for help. The Babylonian king helped Shamshi-Adad gain power, but in return he asked for the lands taken by Shalmaneser. Their Assyrian strengthened in power, came to Babylon with war and took the land.
Facts connected with a handshake
Handshake is an ancient gesture that gives a lot of information to speakers. You can determine many facts by how strong and long it is. Its duration is proportional to the warmth of the relationship: close friends or people who have not seen each other for a long time and are happy to meet could do it with some special attitude.
The older one usually give out his hand to the younger one inviting him into his circle. The hand must be “naked” – this rule has been preserved even now.
A naked hand shows trust.
Another way of shaking hands is to use your wrists instead of your palms. Apparently, it was common among warriors: this way they checked that the person they met did not have a weapon with them and demonstrated it.
The sacred meaning of this greeting is that when the wrists touch each other, the pulse and the biorhythm of another person are felt. Two people form a chain, which is also important in the Russian tradition. Later, the rules of etiquette appeared and only friends were supposed to shake hands. In order to say hello to strangers they raised their hats. The Russian expression “a hat acquaintance” was created in such a way.