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Answered 2008-05-06 16:23:54

It is a sign of respect. It's origins are from knights would come across each other during their travels, and they would remove their helmets to show they had no intentions of challenging each other. It is also where the tradition of shaking hands came from, they would extend their right arm to show they were unarmed.

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