Thai vs Western Culture

1605 Words Apr 9th, 2014 7 Pages
Many countries have different religions and cultures. Culture is a form of human intellectual achievements. It is like learning a human’s behavior pattern. It does not matter what background you have or which part of the world you are from, everybody has a culture in them in some way. It involves interactions between people, for example verbal communication, non verbal communication and or facial expressions. For verbal communication people tend to greet each other in the politest way using common phrases such as, ‘Hi, how are you?’ or ‘How have you been? ‘. Non-verbal communication is where people use hands or bodily gestures to greet others. For facial expressions people usually express emotions such as a smile for happiness or frowns …show more content…
Although westerners have different kinds of religions, most people that go to church, do so to listen to the minister to learn how the bible teaches them how to live their lives so they can gain benefits that can help improve them. (Hopkins 2011), (Cole. S, J 1994). An interesting culture that has stunning rituals and religion based on eastern countries is the country that people identify as the land of Smiles; Thailand. The rituals in Thailand are very profound and fascinating. Greetings are considered to be a very important role in daily life style.
Thai people have special ways to greet, apologize, and to say thank you. Consistently they put their palms together like in a prayer gesture and slightly bow, this called ‘wai’ and then they say ‘Sawadee’ (meaning Hello). followed by ‘kup or ka’ deepening on whether you are male or female. Kup or ka are just polite particles. Normally if you say hello to someone that is older than you then you have to Wai them but if you are younger then you do not have to Wai. In the early days people were very strict about bodily contact. They would not hug someone that is on the opposite sex because it is considered to be inappropriate and discourteous as was most forms of contact between men and women. To perform an apology, Thai people also put their palms together and slightly bow to show respect and guilt to the other person. Religion has a very important role in Thai culture. (Thai culture