We bang our open hands together which produces a sound. We call it “clapping.” We repeat it over and over. We perform this action when we want to express enthusiasm.
I got to thinking about this today. “What an odd thing to do,” I thought. “Why would people swiftly, almost violently slam their hands together? Why is the sound that is produced in any way indicative of support? (It’s just a noise) When did this clapping custom begin? Is it a recent thing, or have peopled been doing this for a long time?”
Anyone know the history of clapping?