The Weekly Stripe – 31.07.20
Covid-19 has fundamentally changed the way we interact, and physical greetings with potential to spread the virus are among its cultural casualties. This week, we delve into the science and sociology of greetings.
For some cultures, no-contact greetings already exist and are the result of deeply rooted traditions rather than pandemic protocol. The National Geographic looks into 6 hands-free hellos from around the world.
What about cultures where physical contact is a fundamental part of deeply engrained practices? The BBC explores how communities are adapting.
From the subtle distinctions between different cultural welcomes to the evolutionary history of saying ‘hello’, Andy Scott covers it all in his book One Kiss or Two. As he writes, a greeting is “the essence of what it means to live together as humans”.
Is hand waving a universal greeting? Take a look at the possible theories of whether our human ancestors were also engaging in hand greetings.
From baseball to gay pride, the interesting history of the high five.