People originally shook hands to check for concealed weapons

The handshake is thought to have originated as a gesture of peace by demonstrating that the hand holds no weapon.

Some even suggest that the up-and-down motion of the handshake was supposed to dislodge any knives or daggers that might be hidden up a sleeve.

http://www.history.com/news/ask-history/what-is-the-origin-of-the-handshake

 

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