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Traditions of greetings in China and Japan – WU – path in search of self

Today is talk a little bit about greetings. Compare the ritual adopted in Europe and Chinese/Japanese ceremony. We are all so accustomed to the ritual to shake hands when meeting, which does not realize what he actually means. Let me remind you, in case anybody forgot – extending an open right palm, we demonstrate the absence of weapons and, therefore, peace-loving intentions. Of course, today we don’t think about it and the ritual has lost the content leaving only the form.

In China there are several different forms of greeting. Today the Chinese are increasingly using the open outstretched palm, like the Europeans, but it would be naive to believe that centuries of tradition so easily yield to the new-fangled trends, so today in China often meet traditional bows and special gestures. The more bows I will write a bit because of this ritual, and the Chinese and the Japanese are quite identical.

I’m more interested in greeting that appears in almost any film dedicated to martial arts. In this ritual, hands on chest levels are connected – right-hand compressed in a fist and rests in the palm of his left. In this case, often adds slight nod. Hands look something like this:

The meaning of the gesture is identical to our handshake – demonstrates combat right fist, the movement of which is interrupted with an open palm. In General – we are also the “world peace”. There is this gesture and the second sense – Taoist. The hands are a different beginning – Yin and Yang, which are found in the gesture. Here you all you want there, lots of treatments – and the balance and flow of energies, and the struggle and unity of opposites. Incidentally, the latter interpretation is more appropriate, I think, the next gesture:

This is a modified version and it is also quite common, on film and in photos. It’s quite interesting that such a gesture (flat hand, pressed to the fist) in India is called the “wise “the Shield of Shambala” and the Indians believe that it protects against negative energy of other people.

A traditional bow in Japan can be made in very different ways. And how it is made, depends largely on the meaning given to it. Conventional bow is not too deep and with lowering eyes to the floor – this is the most usual greeting (see first photo in this post). And, for example, the same bow before the match certainty produce without taking your eyes off the opponent, as even during the bow showing a readiness to fight.

Some coach very much insist on this – demonstration of fighting spirit must be in everything. Although personally I’ve seen funny situations – leaves karateka on the Mat, all so clumsy, nervous, not assembled. It seems that he already lost… Before the battle, because after the command “Hajime” he just turned into a killing machine. But we digress. There is another type of bow, the most respectful – the sitting bow in which the forehead almost touches the ground.

Obviously, traditionally, thus, demonstrates how vulnerable unprotected neck, that is manifested the highest degree of confidence. In ancient times it could have been the katana “Pat” of the neck. This type of greeting was for some time adopted as Canon for the wife against the husband. It is quite possible that today, many Japanese adhere to this ceremony, though, most likely, it is unlikely you will see this ritual in action, in any other case, in addition to teachers and students at the school in martial arts. During a normal meeting, in modern Japan, the bow is all there is.