Hand dexterity and no fraud

Gestures carry a deep meaning. It often happens that the same combination has a diametrically opposite value among different peoples. One incorrect movement with your finger – and you risk attaching anger of the inhabitants of an unfamiliar country. On how not to get into the gesture trap – in the review "My Planet".


It is believed that the large and index finger connected to the ring as a sign of approval in the 1960s popularized NASA engineers, which then adopted by astronauts. In the Buddhist tradition, this Victor Mudra is a ritual gesture used during the transmission of Buddha’s teachings. Now in most Western countries, this symbol is perceived as a sign of approval. However, it is not everywhere interpreted equally. In France, such a gesture can be expressed failure or dismissive attitude towards a person, literally – "Zero without sticks". In Greece and Turkey, it is used to designate the anatomical details of the human body and is considered an indication of the non-traditional sexual orientation of the one who is addressed to. In Brazil and some Latin American countries, the same sign is applied at all for direct insult. At the same time, in Japan, the connected big and index finger symbolize money – in this way you can ask the cashier to give out the detail. In the northern regions of China, a similar gesture means gratitude. The only difference is the hand at the same time resting on the table.


Index and middle finger, folded in the form of a Latin letter V usually mean victory. As the legend says, this gesture began to use the British in those times when the warriors fought with a bow and arrows. According to legend in the time of English-French wars, the French cut off the prisoner of the British medium and index finger so that they could not shoot from the bow. Therefore, the sign V became a symbol of the superiority of the British above the enemies. For the same reason, the gesture has repeatedly used the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. But it must be remembered that in the same Britain, as well as in Australia, the same gesture, in case the back side of the hand is addressed to the interlocutor, is considered indecent and offensive.


Raised Up Index Finger and Mysinetse – Gesture, Associated with Rock Music and Her Fans. It was the first to use it to use metalists, thus demonstrating the symbolic unity of all musical groups playing in this genre. At the same time, in many countries, this sign is apparently due to the similarity with the horns of the animal, means married infidelity and applies to a man who changed his wife. This is how the gesture will understand in Italy and Portugal. Meanwhile, in Turkey, the same symbol is actively used by several political forces of the right wing. In Buddhism, this gesture is called Karan Mudra and is a protective agent of evil spirits.


Hand dexterity and no fraud

It is believed that Figa, or Mano Fico, first appeared from the Etruscans and in ancient Rome as a symbol of fertility and walked from evil spirits. Initially an overwhelmed sign, symbolizing Koitus, in antiquity used in Russia to protect against unclean power. After several centuries in Russia, Cukish stopped considered something indecent, and the expressions with the words "FIG" and "Shish" entered the lexicon even quite cultural people. Nevertheless, in many countries, it is still considered extremely offensive. Do not show Cooks in Turkey, Greece, Germany, South Africa, Nicaragua, China, Korea and Japan. At the same time, in Brazil, this symbol is believed to bring good luck, in Portugal protects against the evil eye, and Masai in Kenya use it to designate numbers 5.

To point with a finger

Use the index finger to indicate some object, and even more so a person, in most countries is considered non-default. So a person wanted to identify their own superiority. But if in the West, this explanation is not familiar to everyone, in India, a country with a custom system, a finger, and now only representatives of higher castes may now indicate members of the lower castes. In most countries use the index finger, as a rule, try to avoid. In the same India, polite is considered to indicate the entire brush. In some Asian countries, instead of the index finger, they are used large, and in many African and Indian cultures, they come to replace the lip tube. Universally polite is considered an indication using the nodder or turn a head.

Sleep and not offeure

In many cultures, the traditional gesture, which in Russia and some Western countries use to atnese anyone to themselves (the hand is turned upside down, and the fingers do progressive movements), is considered indecent and has a bright sexual connotation. This is its value in Spain and Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America. For this reason, there, as well as in the Arab states, in order to politely call a person, the hand must be turned the hand down, and to make digging movements. The same gesture in Japan, China and Hong Kong.

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