Where Did Clapping Originate?


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So I don't know where else to put this. So it will go here in General.

I'm sitting here thinking about where clapping could have come from and the best thing I could think of would be that it is as natural as life. You see babies that clap when they like something. Babies that are too young to know what clapping is or have been exposed to too awfully much of it. So I'm thinking that when humans came around the babies were raised and just naturally clapped when they liked something and instead of leaving that behind like thumb sucking and shitting themselves, they just grew with it. I conclude that with this theory it would have only taken two or three generations of humans to develop clapping. It's probably one of our oldest actions.


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I concur. It's probably natural to clap your hands together when you're enthusiastic about something.



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I'm inclined to agree that its a Primitive Reaction. Something ingrained deeply in our psyche's that we acquire without even being taught.

I say this because of all the experiences I've had around Babies... Clapping their hands seems to be one of the first things they do when they are happy. But where do they pick it up? I'd believe its just one of those reactions that sort of just happen. Kinda like a Smile, its not unique to any one nation or culture.
An instinct in very young babies is more like clasping their hands together when they're excited, I think. How often do you see people clap at babies and make them clap along? I see it all the time. That's why I'm inclined to believe clapping for approval or excitement is a learned behaviour. Also to back that up, clapping doesn't mean the same thing across cultures. I can't remember where exactly, but some places in the East use clapping in a completely different context, such as to ward off evil spirits.

I'm guessing clapping came about because it's the easiest way to get (audio) attention using our own body.

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This is an interesting question. But then you have to ask yourself have you ever seen a baby clap that you can be sure hasn't seen other people clapping in the past?

Usually when people are talking to babies they talk in a dumb voice and do stupid things like clapping for no reason. Not that there's anything wrong with that but it kind of turns this argument into a chicken/egg argument.