Re: History OF Scouting
Ian N Ford FRSH (addvent@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Wed, 12 Nov 1997 19:00:09 +0000
The story is in Scouting for Boys by B-P.
During the Ashanti wars B-P took the surrender of an African chief who
offered his left hand. He explained that this was the sign of the elite
warriors of the tribe, and was a sign of trust and brotherhood. If you
consider that the majority of people is right handed, a warrior would
hold a spear or club in the right hand, and a shield in the left. So if
you offered your left hand you would have to put down your shield,
leaving the other person with his weapon in his hand.
B-P used the left hand shake as a symbol of mutual trust and brotherhood
for his new Scout program.
Ian N Ford
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City