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Absolute taboos of Tibet region

09-26-2010 13:51 BJT

In Tibet, people always give priority to guests or the elderly when walking and talking. They also use honorifics such as adding the sound of “La” after their names to show respect and closeness, and do not address guests or the elderly disrespectfully. People should bow and bend their knees with smiles on their faces when welcoming visitors and seeing visitors out. In regards to the etiquettes in rooms, instead of straightened legs, people should sit cross-legged and show their soles without gazing around. People should pick up a gift with both hands and give a gift by bending their bodies with hands over heads. In addition, people should offer tea, alcohol, and cigarettes with both hands and their fingers should not be put into cups or bowls.

Absolute taboos of Tibet region

The absolute taboos for Tibetans include eating the meat of donkeys, horses, and dogs, and some regions do not eat fish.

In Tibet, a guest should dip some alcohol on their third finger and flip the alcohol in the air three times when toasting. This indicates toasting towards heaven, earth and their ancestors, and the guests should sip a little alcohol while the host timely replenishes the cup. This would repeat for three times and on the fourth time, the guest must drink up.

In regards to table manners in Tibet, people should not eat too much in one bite and should eat and drink quietly.

When drinking buttered tea, guests should not take cups by themselves until the host holds the tea in from of them.

Spitting and clapping behind people are also forbidden.

People must make a detour from left to right when passing religious facilities such as temples, piles of Mani stones, and pagodas.

People are not allowed to cross Buddhist ceremonial implements and braziers.

People are not allowed to turn prayer wheels in the wrong direction.

In addition, it is also taboo for Tibetans to allow others to touch their calvarias.

Editor:Shi Taoyang |Source: CNTV.CN

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