What’s in a handshake? It’s a question I’ve been pondering since this past Saturday.
It’s a fairly simple gesture of courtesy, which has been around for thousands of years, originating in a time when a sword often as not filled the hand of any given man one might meet in various social settings of the ancient world.
Thus, an empty hand offered as a sign of peace was way to let others know you meant them no harm. “See, no weapon here.”