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What makes 'Namaste' the perfect greeting in the times of Covid-19 pandemic

As people the world over are choosing to ditch the handshakes and hugs for fear of contracting the coronavirus, namaste is becoming the perfect pandemic greeting

Jeremy David Engels | The Conversation
US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama fold their hands in a namaste gesture before their departure from Air Force Station, Palam, in New Delhi on Tuesday
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Namaste has a sacred connotation. When you bow to another, you are honoring something sacred in them. File Photo

Hands over the heart in prayer pose. A little bow of the head. A gesture of respect. An acknowledgment of our shared humanity. And no touching.

As people the world over are choosing to ditch the handshakes and hugs for fear of contracting the coronavirus, namaste is becoming the perfect pandemic greeting.

As a scholar whose research focuses on the ethics of communication and as a yoga teacher, I’m interested in how people use rituals and rhetoric to affirm their interconnectedness with one another – and with the world.

Namaste is one such ritual.

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First Published: Oct 01 2020 | 8:51 AM IST

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