What does it really mean to cross the Fingers?
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What does it really mean to cross the Fingers?

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Crossing of fingers is a gesture that has been used since ages. There are different interpretations for each and one cannot generalise it to be used for only for good luck. There have been different theories backing this gesture. Let us take a look at the different interpretations.

1 The Early Origins

It is said that this gesture of crossing the fingers originates from Christianity. In the early times, Christians were persecuted in the Roman Empire which had led to them to coming up with this gesture of crossing the fingers as a way of showing faith and solidarity towards their fellow members.

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2 The Initial Way of Crossing Fingers

Back then two people would cross their fingers with each other to show their trust and support in each other.

Initial Way of Crossing Fingers

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3 The Current Trend

People then went on to cross their own fingers while anticipating good luck and seeking divine intervention. It is also used when you wish to show support to someone.

The Current Trend of crossing the fingers

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4 Warding Off Evils

Some people cross their fingers as a means of warding of illnesses and evils. They believe that this gesture protects them from bad happenings.

Warding Off Evils

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5 Soldiers Use it for Safety

Soldiers cross their fingers while locked in battles with the enemies as a form of wishing for luck, success and divine intervention for safety.

Soldiers Use it for Safety

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6 As a Means of Excusing Lies

Crossing fingers and swearing that they are telling the truth, kids often resort to this. Elders do it too.

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7 Swearing by something as a promise

Crossing fingers is used as a gesture while making a promise to someone to bestow trust and validate the intentions.

So now we know the real interpretations behind crossing of fingers in different situations. It wouldn’t be too hard to decipher the meaning behind them anymore. Isn’t that awesome?

Swearing by something as a promise

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