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Ways of greeting

Within Macha, a Batonga tribe, and actually the whole of Africa, there are common ways of greeting each other. The way one greets is based upon respect. One principle common for al greetings is that one shows both hands. Not showing the hands means that you are holding something back. Below the three basic forms of greeting are explained.


Greet: 1

This is the basic greet and used when there is no difference in level of respect. The greeting consists of a handshake (1), an upwards turning of the hands (2) and back to the handshake (3). When one hasn’t seen each other for al long instead of one time going upwards, multiple times are used. The same is also done among the youth when one has respect for someone.

Greet: 2

This is almost like the basic greet only with a higher level of respect. Holding the arm that you are using for the handshake, with you other hand shows the higher level of respect. The same sequence as for the basic greeting, handshake (1) upwards turning (2) and back to handshake (3), is used. The one who is holding his greeting arm with his other hand is the one showing respect. When there is a mutual presence of a higher level of respect for one another, both can hold their greeting arm with the other hand.


This greeting is different from the other two because it doesn’t use physical contact (the handshake). The greetings consist of a gently form of clapping you hands, without making any sound. It can be one or two claps. Using this greeting one shows respect for the other or is thankful. This greeting is used when one is on a distance from each other or walking past each other. The greeting is common when encountering an elder person, showing your respect. When woman use this form of greeting toward a man they slightly bend through their knees while gently clapping there hands, showing an even higher form of respect.