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Why ‘namaste’ has become the perfect pandemic greeting

Comment: “Namaste” there has been some debate about the appropriateness of westerners using this word this article (originally published in The Conversation covers the basic ground for the discussion.

As people the world over are choosing to ditch the handshakes and hugs for fear of contracting the coronavirus, namaste is becoming the perfect pandemic greeting.

Originally a Sanskrit word, namaste is composed of two parts – “namas” means “bend to,” “bow to” or “honor to,” and “te” means “to you.” So namaste means “I bow to you.” This meaning is often reinforced by a small bow of the head.


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