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To venture into the water meant certain death for the intruder.The legitimate approach to the treasure was to drug or kill the crocodiles.Security was a Knotted Rope For many hundreds of years, cords of ropes made of rush and fiber were used to "lock" doors and tie up walls.The legend goes, a knotted rope became a famous symbol of security.They were particularly favored because they were portable.They operated by keys that turned, screwed, and pushed.Padlocks of this type are most universally used in the Orient today.
They were large and crude in design; yet their principle of operation was the forerunner of the modern pin-tumbler locks of today.
An Introduction to the History of Locks Locks and keys were known long before the birth of Christ.
They are mentioned frequently in the Old Testament and in mythology.
Security was a Guardian Angel In India, in the days of the Emperor of Annam, valuables were sealed into large blocks of wood, which were placed on small islands or submerged into surrounding pools of the inner courts of the palace.
Here, they were protected by the royal "guardian angels," a number of crocodiles kept on starvation rations so they were always hungry.
However, when Alexander the Great failed to undo the Gordian Knot, he cut it swiftly with his sword, giving us the expression, "to cut the Gordian Knot," meaning a bold, decisive action, effective when milder measures fail.