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Who will do me a favor to tell some custom in.......

Postby SunSon » Thu Apr 14, 2005 1:45 pm

Who will tell me some custom in any country except China and the U.S.A? The more, the better.TIA

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Postby ProfessorVerb » Thu Jun 09, 2005 12:50 am

Some interesting customs I observed in Thailand with which you are undoubtedly familiar included the wai (hands placed together and pointed at the chin, nose or forehead with a bow depending on the status of the individuals involved). Small children would place their hands together at their foreheads and bow low to an elder, for example, while peers would place their hands at their noses and blow moderately. Elders would place their hands at their chins and bow slightly to younger individuals. This was a wonderful custom I thought (since I have grown older, I like it even more!).

Another custom involved pouring soft drinks into plastic sandwich bags and tying them with a rubber band to be hung from some handy spot (such as a door handle or a finger); this allowed the merchant to keep the glass bottle and the deposit.

Finally, I loved the way the Thais decorated every-damn-thing with color. They hang strands of flower petals everywhere such as from their rearview mirrors in their "baht buses," which were also painted in wildly colorful ways. All in all, a very carefree people who are clearly wise about what is important in the world.

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Postby Unknownsu » Thu Jun 09, 2005 4:51 am

Great work, Professor. I think the Thais have a very vibrant culture. I feel they are becoming westernized very fast due to the high traffic of foreigners visiting Thailand. Regardless, the Thai culture is definitely one that should be explored thoroughly by the average tourist!

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Postby MissLT » Sun Jun 12, 2005 3:48 am

In Vietnam, we have to cross both arms in front of our chests to greet the grownups. We have to greet with respect when we leave or return home


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