History of the Wishing Well
History of the Wishing Well by ; Glenn Mast
The idea that a wish would be granted if one prayed near water developed from the idea that water contained deities: mermaids and naiads were water nymphs who could grant prayers in Greek mythology for example, and also because water was a scarce resource that could mean the difference between life and death in a bad year, for people and livestock as well as crops.
Water was therefore believed to have healing powers and wells became popular with many people for drinking, bathing or just simply wishing over them. Christians believed certain waters, like Lourdes, or holy water blessed in certain shrines, would cure illnesses – it was only a short step from buying holy water at shrines to uttering a wish, then dropping coins in a well. The tradition of dropping pennies in ponds and fountains originates in this belief.
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Author Resource: Glenn Mast is a successful business owner of a couple websites that offer Amish Handcrafted Products. His sites offer products and information about Amish Made Products & decor for your home, lawn or garden.