File puptcrit/puptcrit.0509, message 140


Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2005 12:05:45 -0400
To: Puppet List <puptcrit-driftline.org-AT-lists.driftline.org>
Subject: [Puptcrit] Luck has nothing to do with understanding cultural


In some parts of the world, especially northern Africa, the uses of the
right hand and left hand are strictly regulated.

The right hand is used for eating; the left is used for washing after using
the toilet, as toilet paper is not used. As a result, use of the left hand
for anything is considered extremely rude, if not unhygienic. It is no
wonder people looked at you like you had the plague.

I'm surprised you know about this before you got there: it is one of the
first things you learn about this part of the world when you travel. When
you don't understand the reasons cultures develop as they do, it's easy to
see things through your own filter. As a result you ascribed what is common
sense in that part of the world to luck and belief in the supernatural.

Maybe now you understand why a woman, whom you say was "otherwise very
educated" was so shocked. Perhaps she was surprised that a man, who
otherwise was very educated, could be so uncultured.


On 9/13/05 11:52 PM, "Robert Rogers" <robertrogers-AT-frontiernet.net> wrote:

> Speaking of luck, a few years ago I was performing in Tunisia.  At one point I
> was summoned to the theater office to sign some papers.  The room was crowded
> and buzzing with conversation.  I picked up a pen and suddenly silence dropped
> like a curtain.  Everyone looked at me with eyes wide.  I asked what was the
> matter and a young woman who was an otherwise very educated person said,
> "you're left handed."
> 
> I asked, "is that bad?"  She replied nervously, like I had the plague,
> "oh...no."
> 
> I guess in some parts of the world it's unlucky and downright evil to be
> left-handed.
> 
> Robert Rogers


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