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Prayer and the folding of hands

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I visited a blog by Steven Heller on the Print Magazine website this morning and was surprised to see something about prayer. He was blogging about the history of putting hands together during prayer.

From the Daily Heller:

In The People’s Almanac, David Wallechinsky and Irving Wallace wrote that the joining of hands “leads back to men’s early desire to subjugate each other and developed out of the shackling of hands of prisoners! Though the handcuffs eventually disappeared, the joining of hands remained as a symbol of man’s servitude and submission and his inability (or even lack of inclination) to grasp a weapon.” They added that Christianity adopted “the gesture representing shackled hands as a sign of man’s total obedience to divine power.”

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