IAFG wrote:goosey wrote:UFstudent wrote:To avoid shaking someone's hand you can clasp your hands in front of you, smile, nod your head and say "very nice to meet you". I know women who do that.
thanks, that sounds like a really good alternative. I will try this out next time I am in a hand-shaking situation.
i think you're doing yourself a disservice if you don't disclose you don't shake hands for religious reasons. giving people insight into the reason will stem off any feelings of being rejected.
I don't know, I think the bowing and hand clasping thing is a better idea. Most people's gut reaction to somebody telling them that they "can't shake your hand for religious reasons" would make people feel like the person is calling them dirty or something and that they can only touch someone who is worthy or holy or believes the same thing they believe. While this would likely never be the intention, I could see many people taking it that way. Like how Jews could not touch pig meat or they were unclean for a certain time.