File puptcrit/puptcrit.0509, message 164

Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2005 07:00:47 EDT
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Luck has nothing to do with understanding cultural


This is the eighth time I received this same darn post!, what's wrong  with 
 fellows email?
In a message dated 9/14/2005 9:58:44 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

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.

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