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Published On: March 11, 2020 08:57 AM NPT By: Republica

Unusual greeting of the Maasai tribe

Unusual greeting of the Maasai tribe

While spitting is often considered an uncivilized and unhealthy gesture around the world, Kenyan and Tanzanian people of the Maasai tribe have incorporated it into their greeting ritual. Maasai people consider spitting as a sign of reverence and blessing.  The Maasai spit into their palms before a handshake. Parents, friends, and family members spit on newborn babies to bless them with good luck and longevity.  Fathers bless their daughters on the wedding day by spitting on the daughter’s forehead. Apart from being strange, this practice is very dangerous. Spitting increases the risk of spreading diseases to a great extent.

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