TEN GESTURES THAT YOU MUST AVOID DOING WHEN YOU TRAVEL ABROAD
ten gestures that you must avoid making when you travel abroad
Take a look at the following list to know what gestures taboo (for others) travels to avoid in your future!
- In some areas of Asia and Thailand it is taboo to touch or hit someone over the head. The head is considered sacred and it is best to avoid using this gesture as a means of amusement or communicating with other people.
- The Greeks never show you their palms. There is only one thing that can be more insulting than to show your interlocutor the palm and that is to show them both palms! Make sure that, if you ever use your hand to indicate something, the palm is facing you!
- In the UK it is very important to be careful when using the two finger sign made famous by Winston Churchill. If you have two fingers and the palm facing inwards, that is a terrible insult, similar to showing the middle finger for in most parts of the world. However, this gesture goes back in history long before Winston Churchill was born. Legend says it that it’s a gesture of defiance made by the Welsh against the English, in the Hundred Years Old War (1415), when the English were capturing the enemy bow men, cutting these two fingers off. In defiance, the surviving soldiers were displaying the English enemies the two fingers, to show them that they haven’t been captured.
- Sign up with your thumb which means "perfect" in the UK, however it is very offensive to those in the Middle East, West Africa and South America. In parts of Europe, it can have several other meanings, so it's probably a gesture to be!
- The "OK" sign in which the thumb and forefinger form the letter "O" is very offensive in Brazil and should be avoided at all costs.
- Eating with your left hand and giving gifts with the same one is an offensive gesture in most countries of the world.
- In many Muslim countries, it is prohibited to make eye contact with the opposite sex, close hand or touching of any kind.
- In the Philippines, the movement of the hand with the index finger curved is gesture that is regarded as low class as possible, because it is used only for dogs. Again, in the Philippines, touching a tooth with your thumb (while saying "cutters" - cute) is an offensive gesture and as detested as the middle finger raised.
- A clenched fist with the second and fifth finger raised is the favorite gesture among rock stars, but for Mediterranean peoples like the Greeks, Italians and Spaniards, it also means that your wife is having an affair with another man!
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