In our wanderings through Europe, Oceania and Asia, we have seen several behaviors that seemed weird . Some consider that quite healthy and others do not understand. Here are a few:
Tapping a cambodian with the feet is considered very rude. Now tell me : who touches the other with his foot ? Have you done this ?
Das nossas andanças pela Europa, Oceania e Ásia, pudemos observar vários costumes que parecem estranhos. Alguns que consideramos bastante saudáveis e outros que não compreendemos. Aí vão alguns:
- Touching a cambodian with the feet is considered very rude. Now tell me: who touches someone with his foot? Have you done this?
- You can’t speak bad words about the royal family of Thailand. Never, ever, talk bad words about the King, because you can even get arrested! If you gets too angry about something there, save the view for you.
- Still in Thailand, you can’t touch a monk or pass through him. Again: who will touch people all around the places? Mainly those people dressed in orange clothes and no hair?
- Thailand and its hundred different behaviors… You should not touch anyone on the head, even children. I don’t go out touching people’s heads… and you?
- In Vietnam, you must accept things always with both hands, including the time to pay and after taking the change is what they do. And then you are not a Vietnamese and will remember it all the time?
- Tips in Japanese restaurants are considered offensive, will you want to irritate a Japanese?
- In Sri Lanka, when you ask something, they shake their heads in negative signal and what that means? Yes, believe it… go figure! Bulgaria is the same: shake his head from side to side means yes. Up and down to say no. Is It easy?
- The sign that means ok or nice (with the thumb up) is a complicated situation. In Thailand, if you show it is considered as disapproval or you are showing the tongue. In Islamic countries, It can also be regarded as sending the person to that place… In Australia, this behavior is not very welcome.
- You know that fig sign that many people do, with hand thumb between the index and middle finger? In Turkey, it’s the same to show the middle finger to a person.
- In some Southeast Asian countries such as Cambodia, for example, you can’t show feelings in public. So avoid getting hugging or kissing in public, it does not look good there!
Do you know any other curiosity from somewhere? Have you been into a embarrassing situation that you didn’t know and it was considered inconvenient or offensive to somewhere? Tell us!