“Knock knock knock on wood
And summon the spirit of the trees
Grant me my wish
And protect me please.”
𝑾𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒅𝒐𝒆𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒎 𝒐𝒓𝒊𝒈𝒊𝒏𝒂𝚝𝚎𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎?
– The phrase ‘Knock On Wood’ or ‘Touchwood’ is said to be an origin of an ancient Indo-European folklore.
– There was a belief that certain trees were inhabited by a spirit called Hamadryad or Dryad.
– The ancient priests practiced this ritual of knocking on wood, to invoke the spirit of Hamadryad as a call for protection to ward away any negative energy or evil spirits or even just to fulfil a wish.
British folklorist Steve Roud in his book, “The Lore Of The Playground” traces the phrase “touchwood” back to the early 19th century British children’s tag game called Tiggy-Touch-Wood, in which children could make themselves immune from being caught by touching wood.
So next time you knock on wood for goodluck or protection, think of the benevolent spirit of the trees!