As I went through my day, observing the ordinary, I stopped for a second and noticed two men greet one another. Obviously knowing each other, the two men stuck out their arms and shook hands and then a question crossed my mind: why do we shake hands when we greet or introduce ourselves? When did this ritual start? Who developed this gesture, and why? I never really gave it a thought until now, so I did a little research. The handshake actually can date back to the 5th century B.C. in Greece and was a symbol of peace as well as showing that neither person was carrying any sort of weapon. In actuality, the handshake really began as an arm grab in which each person grabbed the other's forearm. This was another way of checking for a weapon, maybe a knife hidden up a sleeve. Also, this gesture goes back even further in history. In ancient times, some cultures believed the handshake was the transfer of power from a god to a king. A ruler would grab the hand of a statue of a god, believing he was creating the exchange of power from the god itself. As I think about it now, a simple gesture that we humans perform everyday, not giving a thought of why we do it in the first place, actually originated for a totally different reason than the reason for it in today's culture.