Why do we knock on wood?
Even not particularly superstitious people, when they talk about something good, no, no, yes, and they will knock on the tree - so as not to frighten luck away. Where did this tradition come from?
Long before the rise of Christianity and Islam, pagans in different parts of the Earth - from Britain to India - worshiped trees, to which they attributed different mythical properties. Some used them as oracles, others in one way or another used them to perform religious rites, others, like the ancient Celts, considered them the home of certain spirits or gods.
Researchers Stefan Bechtel and Deborah Aaronson are convinced that the current tradition of knocking on wood is associated with the pagan belief that a certain spirit lives in it.
The first version is that once the Europeans drove away the sound of evil spirits from them, so that they would not overhear their secret conversations and would not be afraid of envy.
According to the second version, the worshipers touched a tree to ask for something living within God, or a knock was an expression of gratitude to the tree spirit for “fulfilling” some kind of request.Over the centuries, the religious component was forgotten, but the association between knocking on wood and luck turned out to be tenacious.
“In any case, in such a simple way, a person tried to protect himself from envy and anger,” writes Betchel in his “Book of Fortune.” “From the envy of evil spirits or the wrath of the gods towards too self-confident mortals who attribute good luck to themselves or forget to thank them for the mercy they show.