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Hand and Arm Gestures. Do’s and Taboos Around the World by Roger Axtell. Directions. Look at the name of the gesture and determine what it means and where it means that. Click to have the answers appear. Determine whether or not you were correct. Horizontal Horns.

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hand and arm gestures

Hand and Arm Gestures

Do’s and Taboos Around the World by Roger Axtell

directions
Directions
  • Look at the name of the gesture and determine what it means and where it means that.
  • Click to have the answers appear.
  • Determine whether or not you were correct.
horizontal horns
Horizontal Horns
  • Self-protection from evil spirits in Europe.
  • Variation is evil-eye in Africa.
hand purse
Hand Purse
  • Question, good, fear in Italy
one finger point
One-Finger Point
  • With index finger, impolite in Middle and Far East
  • Use your whole hand
  • In Indonesia, use your thumb
flat hand flick
Flat-Hand Flick
  • Go away or get lost
  • It’s universal
beckon
Beckon
  • Don’t use finger to call someone, use palm down whole hand waving in Middle East, Far East, Spain, Portugal, and Latin America
fingers circle
Fingers Circle
  • Ok in America
  • Rude/obscene in Brazil, Greece, Russia
  • Money in Japan
  • Zero/worthless in southern France
fingers cross
Fingers Cross
  • Protection or good luck in Europe
  • Offensive in Paraguay
hand saw
Hand Saw
  • Share the profits when you make a deal in Colombia
hand sweep
Hand Sweep
  • Stealing/getting away with something in Latin America and the Netherlands
  • Money or pay me in Peru
waving
Waving
  • Insult in Greece and Nigeria
  • Good-bye (palm out and wave fingers in unison) in Europe
  • No in Europe (wave whole hand back and forth)
  • Come here in Peru (wave whole hand back and forth)
height
Height
  • Palm down is animal’s height in Colombia and Latin America
  • Human height is palm facing the observer in Colombia and Latin America
  • Use index finger in Mexico
the wai
The Wai
  • Namaste in India
  • Greeting in Thailand
arms fold
Arms Fold
  • Arrogance and pride in Finland
  • Disrespect in Fiji
elbow tap
Elbow tap
  • Unreliable in Holland
  • Stingy in Colombia
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