WHY WELLS ARE GOOD LUCK
Since the beginning of time,
man has valued water as a sacred resource.
Because drinkable water is so vitally necessary,
most cultures built structures such as wells
to protect springs and other sources of water.
Considering the abundance of water on Earth,
clean potable drinking water is extremely rare.
Numerous beliefs and superstitions are associated
with wells (as a source of life-giving water)
by many cultures throughout history,
including the belief that if someone
looks into a well, the water would grant a wish
and even reveal the face of the viewer's future spouse.
The idea of throwing a coin into a wishing well is ancient.
Some cultures believed that standing over a well
and making a wish while drinking the water,
would grant a wish.
The gods, however, were unlikely to give away
something for nothing, and therefore
most wishers left offerings . . .
or a coin thrown in for payment.
Except for modern wells with electric pumps,
most of the world's wells are still hand dug
and feature hand-cranked buckets or bags
at the end of a rope.
When was the last time you threw a coin
in a fountain or well?
(Did your wish come true?)