Top 10 most unusual ways of greeting

Travellers wishing to explore the traditional methods of greeting different nationalities and tribes, must be ready for anything. Not to be trapped, we bring you 10 most unusual ways of greeting.

New Zealand

Any tourist who arrived in New Zealand, faced with the traditional greeting of the indigenous Maori people called “hongs”. According to the ancient tradition, when two people they need to touch or RUB each other noses. This symbolic act is called “ha” or “breath of life” and, according to the beliefs, it comes directly from God.

The Council . In case of lack of experience, do not close eyes to monitor your distance, otherwise you will find yourself in an awkward situation.

In any other point of the globe protruding tongue can be seen as a sign of disrespect and insults, but not in Tibet. Custom show languages appeared in the 9th century during the reign of the evil king lang Darma, who had a black tongue. After his death, the villagers feared that he may move into another person’s body, so everyone started to greet each other with his tongue, a sign that they are not evil. This tradition has been preserved and is often accompanied by crossing hands on his chest.

The Council . Try not to greet the residents of Tibet traditional way, if you were chewing a licorice.

The traditional way of greeting on this island in Polynesia is that one man pressed my face against the cheek of another person, and then takes a deep breath.

The Council . Follow the local example and before to arrive on the island, try not to eat onions.

Inviting to your house, the unknown guest, offers him to the Mongol Hada – a strip of silk or cotton. If you have received such an honor, we should carefully take it with both hands and slightly bow. Receiving or giving Hady, along with a bow, are indispensable marks of mutual respect, which is very important in Mongolian culture.

Tip: you can Also receive a free pipe or snuff box. Don’t be surprised, it all depends on the region.

Traditional Japanese greeting is the bow, which can be as slight head movement and a deep movement of the body towards the earth. If the meeting takes place on the Mat, then first you need to sit on my lap, and then to worship. The deeper the bow, the more respect you show. Lightweight nods are typical for youth, as a casual way of greeting.

The Council . Most Japanese do not expect foreigners knowledge of this tradition, so a small bow is enough.

The most fortunate travelers will be able to learn about the customs of greeting of one of the Kenyan Maasai tribes through their energetic dance. He is called “Adam”, or “jumping dance” performed by the warriors of the tribe. Traditionally the dance begins with some history, and it ends with the dancers stand in a circle and begin to compete in the high jump.

The Council . Be prepared for the fact that you may be given a drink of cow’s milk and blood.

In many parts of the Arctic, including Greenland, the traditional way of greeting among Inuit tribes called “kunik” or eskimo kiss. It is mainly used among family members or between lovers, and is as follows — one person presses your nose and upper lip to the skin of another person (forehead, cheek, nose) and breathing. It is worth noting that the Inuit people have adopted the tradition of rubbing noses.

The Council . Do not attempt to make a “kunik,” if you have a cold, but otherwise because of low temperatures, you simply will freeze you to the other person.

Traditional form of greeting in China is called “koto”, the essence of which is that you need to fold palms and bow. If you are a woman, you should do “the Peninsula” – to lay down hands and make the movement from top-down through the torso.

The Council . And although “kowtow” is not so popular these days, folding of the palms continues to be used.

The manner of greeting here is similar to Chinese, but there are slight differences. The man puts his palm, making a slight nod and says “the position was excellent, right”. Tourists will certainly notice that the position of the arms varies: the higher the hands to the head, the more respect you show. Originally this custom was used to show that the person is unarmed, showing his peaceful intentions.

The Council . At first you will experience a little discomfort, welcoming people that way, but this feeling will pass pretty quickly.

Traveling in the Philippines you can encounter another unusual way of greeting. When the younger greets the elder, he needs to bow slightly, take the right hand of the senior and applying it to his forehead. The person under has to say “Mano po” where “Mano” means “hand” and “on” – “respect”.

The Council . Be careful in his movements so as not to hurt themselves and others.

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