7 primordially Russian gestures
Why do we tear on the chest shirt and show the fig? Russian decipher body language.
It is believed that 80% of all information we pass each other through gestures, and it is no wonder that this language also has a national flavor. Most of the gestures - is strongly ingrained habits, the appearance of which there are often historical events and personalities. Why the Russian people, no, no yes and tear his shirt, he scratches his head, and then show the fig - read the article.
to tear his shirt breast
Probably it was originally improvised oath. There is a hypothesis that such an expressive gesture of our ancestors showed their affiliation to the Orthodox faith, demonstrating the cross. In addition, it is known that when some executions and corporal punishment executioners tore punished at the top of his shirt. So, voluntary tearing clothes as persuasive argument was intended to show the person's readiness to ascend the scaffold for the truth.
scratching your head
Russian man scratches his head when something puzzled. Question - for what? Of course, it is unlikely to stimulate the blood circulation of the brain. One version says that this gesture came from folk magic: so our ancestors called to the aid of the ancestor, the genius of sorts.
Throw the ground cap
No less expressive gesture that articulated some desperate decision. Headdress (along with the beard) for Russian men symbolize dignity, integration into society. Public lifting caps considered serious shame, a kind of civil death. Generally, this procedure was subjected to the debtors. Voluntary is throwing hats on the ground demonstrated willingness to go to the person most insane risk, in which the price of failure could be a human being expelled from society.
The beat his breast
This gesture is one of the versions come from the military traditions of the nomads, and was listed on Russia Tatar-Mongols. So "steppe" to take an oath to his overlord. Punching in the chest in a gesture had to show loyalty to the person.
As a rule, this gesture is mistakenly associated with the criminal "raspaltsovkoy" or fans "metal".
In fact, "the goat" for thousands of years, and it has been associated with protection from black magic, evil spirits. Probably the older generation still remember the nursery rhyme "There is a horned goat for little children ...", when adults show how butting goat, depicting goat horns with the help of the little finger and the index finger of his right hand. In fact, it's not just a game with a child - in this way our ancestors shot whammy with children.
In general, this gesture is characteristic of many cultures. In Russia, on the FICO score is likely to learn from the German immigrants that such a vulgar gesture tried to seduce Russian ladies. There's even a version that "guys" came from the German expression "fick-fick machen" (sound so traditional German invitation to intimacy). In the Russian tradition, a symbol of this gesture (perhaps due to high moral Russian women) transformed into a symbol of a categorical refusal. And, over time, "fig" was used as a protective agent against evil forces: probably due to laxity of the German expats land equated to demons.
Click on the neck
It is said that Tsar Peter the Great wanted to at the time the award for special merits of some talented craftsman and asked him what he wanted as a reward. He asked the royal privileges - free drink vodka in any tavern (vodka had already been a state monopoly). At the request of the master on his neck side we put a special stamp in support of the right to a free drink. This "document" and he makes special gesture.