So who invented the umbrella?
Man first invented the umbrella in ancient China
Ancient umbrellas or parasols were first designed to provide shade from the sun. The basic umbrella was invented over four thousand years ago. There is evidence of umbrellas in the ancient art and artifacts of Egypt, Assyria, Greece, and China.
Umbrellas protect against rain…
The difference is the material used for the canopy. In China parasols made of rice paper are not waterproof.
Ethiopian orthodox priests in their satin robes stand under sequined velvet umbrellas during the annual Epiphany celebrations called Timket in Addis Ababa. Timket is the greatest Ethiopian festival of the year and it commemorates the baptism of Jesus Christ in the Jordan River by John the Baptist.
Umbrellas as weapons of attack
John Steed in the television series The Avengers used an umbrella as a weapon.