Say Hello By Sticking Out Your Tongue

 

In the movie, “Seven Years in Tibet,” the Brad Pitt character encounters a group of Tibetans who all at once stick out their tongues at him. No explanation is offered, but this custom has a long history. A 9th century Tibetan king, Lang Darma, known for his cruelty, had a black tongue. As Buddhists, Tibetans believe in reincarnation, and they feared that this mean king would be reincarnated. Consequently, for centuries Tibetans have greeted one another by sticking out their tongues demonstrating that they do not have black tongues, that they are not guilty of evil deeds, that they are not incarnations of the king. Nowadays, when Tibetans meet, they briefly extend their tongues as a greeting. In addition to being a greeting, sticking out one’s tongue is used to show agreement, and evolved into a sign of respect…..Ed

Source: NORINE DRESSER / Timeline Photo

Posted in All Stories, Ed McMahon

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