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Tie the knot

Posted by Andy on June 03, 2003

It contradiction to the meaning given here, I believe the true origin of this phrase is derived from the celtic/druidic ceremony of hand-fasting. The husband and wife had their hands bound together with a ceremonial cord, and the tying of the knot signified the completion of the marriage ceremony.

This tradition may also be responsible for the phrases "the tie that binds", and the priests invocation "what is done here in the sight of god, let no man undo"(remember that christianity has a long history of borrowing from "Pagan" traditions and making them it's own).