Yes or No? Great Indian Head Shake. . . . .

With a little research , I learned the origin of the head bobble… dating back 400 years when the kings in Indian did not like to be confronted with a “no” when they gave an order.  This was true up to and through the Colonial period with the British.  Indian people adapted by not saying no to a request. Well, sort of !  For people from other cultures it can be rather confusing as you can see from this  presentation!

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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15 Responses to Yes or No? Great Indian Head Shake. . . . .

  1. lauramacky says:

    I love this!!!! It’s so cute!


  2. natandrea3 says:

    this made me laugh! here in malaysia we get our fair share of this. (:


  3. atkokosplace says:

    Loved this post! The video made me laugh. It was great! I showed my whole family!


  4. YellowCable says:

    Very good. Different cultures have different body language. Thank you for sharing.


  5. kyangel17 says:

    Love it Anne. Looking back I can now remember when I would talk to Niv during work and get the different head shakes. Wish I had know this then, I could have sent a few back to her, especially when she was driving and I was navigating, trying to tell her to slow down because the turn was right up……back there after she overshot it at 90 mph.


  6. annetbell says:

    Reblogged this on TalesAlongTheWay and commented:

    I thought this would brighten a gray, wet November day.


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