The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1275 Tuesday, 24 June 2003
From: Harvey Roy Greenberg <
Date: Monday, 23 Jun 2003 20:40:44 EDT
Subject: Knocking on Wood
Was struck today by patient telling me that the practice of knocking on
wood was Christianity originated, the wood in question being the cross.
I somehow thought the practice was much older.
For the scholars out there: does Shakespeare allude to this practice or
have it performed in any play. And what about other actions of
Elizabethan times, found in the plays or not, performed routinely by
ordinary blokes either to ward off evil, or to affirm the hopefulness of
what one is saying or doing. Actions -- not words.
Thanks, and hope everyone is well, kinna hurra.
Harvey Roy Greenberg, MD ENDIT
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