Who invented the umbrella?

When it rains, we may put up an umbrella to help keep the water off.  But actually the umbrella was not invented as protection against rain.

The first umbrellas were used as shades against the hot sun.  in fact, the umbrella gets its name from an old Latin word meaning “little shadow.”

No one knows who invented it, but the umbrella had  its origin in the East in very remote times, where it was used as a symbol of rank and authority.  Umbrella were allowed to be used only by royalty or by those in high office.

Even today, an umbrella is believed to be a mark of rank by people in some countries, (it wasn’t until much later that umbrellas were used as protection against the rain).

The name “parasol” is sometimes used for a small, often brightly colored umbrella carried by women as a sunshade.  There are many different kinds of umbrellas today.-Dick Rogers

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