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look at that!
1. LEFT-HAND = BAD HAND?
Over the centuries, customs, religions and habits
have made sure that the left hand is almost
universally damned and unwelcome. Only very
recently has the use of the left hand been
accepted as more 'normal'. We have picked a
selection of items that make the point.
* In popular folklore in many cultures around
the world, the Devil, or the local equivalent,
is always left-handed (look at paintings and
illustrations and extracts from religious
texts). The custom of throwing spilled salt
over the left shoulder originates here as
well, it is to placate the devil to your left
and avoid bad luck.
* An account of certain African tribes in 1906
describes what they do to left-handed
children. They poured boiling water into
a hole in the ground then thrust the offending
hand in and wedged it down with earth. This
tended to damage the hand and discourage the
child form using it.
* Until fairly recently (and still, sometimes,
today) children using their left hand to write
with were strongly dissuaded, by having the
left arm tied behind their back, by having the
left knuckles hit with a ruler or other
suitable punishments. We are probably the
first generation that does not include many
thousands of natural left-handers who write
with their right hand!