Ever wonder where the hell it came from?
As it turns out, no one really knows the origin! This an old, probably pagan inspired, superstition that’s still seen on a regular basis. I mean, you hear weather forecasters say it on the nightly news!
As far as I can tell, from pieced together stories, it probably started in pre-Christianity Europe. You see, lots of folks worshiped trees. The belief was that trees were not only vessels for forest spirits, but they could also protect the land from demons and the like.
People built their houses from trees. Trees gave fruit and nuts, wood for weapons and tools, and fuel for fires in the deep dark winter. Trees protected, without asking anything in return. So why wouldn’t people see them as rich, powerful, valuable and even spiritual beings in their lives?
When problems arose, people would touch trees and pray. In the UK, the phrase isn’t ‘Knock on Wood, it’s ‘Touch wood.’ When folks thought an evil spirit had entered their homes, they would walk around their houses tapping on the timber, hoping to disturb the dark entity enough that it would leave. They might also go outside and tap and touch the trees, believing that the forest spirits inside would drive the evil away.
Later, after Christianity took hold, it’s thought that since the Cross of the Crucifixion was made of wood, knocking on wood might help perpetuate an answer to prayers.
Now, as far as having wood… That’s a different story altogether!
As always, thanks for reading!