The Cultural Tradition Of Bodily Adornment

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In Russia, the typical greeting is a firm, almost bone-crushing handshake. It is also important to maintain direct eye contact. When a man shakes hands with a woman, the handshake is less firm. When greeting each other, it is normal for women to kiss each other three times, while alternating cheeks. This form of greeting is influenced by social histories. The Karen-Pa-Dong Hill tribe is probably most recognized by its cultural tradition of bodily adornment. “Pa-Dong” means someone who wears brass rings. It is thought that the tribe’s custom of elongating necks through the wearing of brass rings stems from myths. The most popular myth states that the headman of the tribe had a dream in which a tiger was about to attack and kill one of the most popular children in the village. Since tigers always kill their victims by first breaking their necks, the headman decreed that all children must wear heavy brass rings around their necks to protect them. Since the tiger attack never came to pass, it was thought that the wearing of brass rings worked and protected them. Wearing brass neck-rings is considered to be a beautiful form of bodily adornment that stems from their cultural group histories. Islamic weddings are immersed in cultural traditions and rituals. Thursday is generally believed to be the best day for a wedding ceremony since Friday is a holy day for the Muslims. Another tradition is mehndi, or “henna” night. Two nights before the wedding, the bride-to-be is surrounded

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