Social greetings can be tricky when traveling to a new country. Should you shake hands, hug or avoid physical contact all together? Things can get very complicated, so I’ve put together a few examples that will show you how diverse non-verbal communications can be.
The bower shows respect or appreciation by bending at the waist and keeping their arms hanging.
‘Namaste’, which has its origins in Hindu practice, means ‘I bow to you’. To perform it, you place your hands together and bow your head.
Tibetans greet each other by sticking out their tongues. This tradition comes a belief that demons have black tongues and that’s what distinguish them from humans.
Rubbings noses represents respect and pride and it is generally performed by men.
‘Wai’, a traditional way of greeting in Thailand, is very similar to ‘Namaste’.
The traditional bow, which is similar to the Japanese one, shows respect and appreciation.
‘Mano’, which is similar to hand-kissing, is performed by young people as a sign of respect to elders.
‘Hongi’ is a traditional Maori greeting in New Zealand and it’s done by pressing one’s nose and forehead to another person.
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