Communication dictates that people have to greet each other. Some use words, others gestures, or both. For most people a handshake or a hug may seem normal. But there are many quirky and unique ways of greeting people followed by different cultures from around the world. Here is a list
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Communication dictates that people have to greet each other. Some use words, others gestures, or both. For most people a handshake or a hug may seem normal. But there are many quirky and unique ways of greeting people followed by different cultures from around the world.
Here is a list of some of such greetings:
#1 The Nose Rub
The Maori people of New Zealand greet people by rubbing noses together. The traditional Maori greeting is called hongi. Their greeting is to share the “breath of life” which is considered to have come from the gods.
#2 Sticking out your tongue
In Tibet, sticking out your tongue at people is considered to be an appropriate greeting. The tradition began around the 9th century, at the time of an evil Tibetan king, Lang Darma, who was known to have a black tongue. Out of fear that he’d be reincarnated, people started sticking out their tongues when meeting someone to prove that they weren’t evil. This greeting is often accompanied by placing their palms down in front of their chest.
#3 Breathing on Someone
Greenland’s inuit or Eskimo population practices an unusual tradition. This traditional greeting is called kunik. The gesture involves pressing one’s nose and upper lip against another’s skin, then breathing on them. It has at times been inaccurately nicknamed the “Eskimo kiss”. Incidentally, apart from the cheek as the point of contact, the forehead is also acceptable.
#4 Sniffing People
The tiny country of Tuvalu traditionally welcomes people by pressing one’s face to the other person’s cheek and then taking a deep sniff.
#5 The Wrist-lock
People in Rwanda don’t always shake hands. Sometimes they might offer you a wrist instead of a palm. This stems from the concept that if a person has dirty hands, he presents his wrist instead. If both people have dirty hands, they will touch wrists together. Simple and clean!
Any other weird greetings you know of? Let us know!
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