Have you ever made a list of things that you want to accomplish in 5 years? One of the things I wanted to do was to know what it is like to live in another culture.
During my many visits to Morocco, I photographed people in their tents, caves and homes and I’ve learned many things about their culture, but I don’t speak Arabic or Berber so my understanding is limited.
Here is an idea of what I’ve learned:
Moroccans always greet each other by shaking hands. Their handshake is more a touch or a light slap of hands. Both men and women greet each other with several kisses on the cheek if they have not seen each other for some time. Women, especially Berber women, will sometimes kiss each other’s hand repeatedly.
Every morning each member of the family greets each other with a handshake and a “Good Morning”. If a guest comes over, he greets each person in the room with a handshake and spoken greeting starting to his right and proceeding around the room. Even small children observe this courtesy. Small boys will kiss the hand of an older woman when he is presented to her. (I love this!)