Bowing

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Bowing (also called stooping) is the act of lowering the torso and head as a social gesture in direction to another person or symbol.wikipedia
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Prostration

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A nod of the head may be regarded as the minimal form of bow; forms of kneeling, genuflection, or prostration which involves the hands or whole body touching the ground, are the next levels of gesture.
Typically prostration is distinguished from the lesser acts of bowing or kneeling by involving a part of the body above the knee touching the ground, especially the hands.

Curtain call

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In European cultures — aside from bows done by performers on stage such as at the curtain call — bowing is traditionally an exclusively male practice, and females instead perform a related gesture called a "curtsey" or "curtsy."
A curtain call (often known as a walkdown or a final bow) occurs at the end of a performance when individuals return to the stage to be recognized by the audience for their performance.

Curtsy

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In European cultures — aside from bows done by performers on stage such as at the curtain call — bowing is traditionally an exclusively male practice, and females instead perform a related gesture called a "curtsey" or "curtsy."
It is the female equivalent of male bowing or genuflecting in Western cultures.

Culture of Thailand

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It is especially prominent in Nepal, India, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam where it may be executed standing or kneeling.
Generally the salutation involves a prayer-like gesture with the hands, derived from the Añjali Mudrā of the Indian subcontinent, and it also may include a slight bow of the head.

Culture of India

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It is especially prominent in Nepal, India, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam where it may be executed standing or kneeling.
The word is derived from Sanskrit (namah): to bow, reverential salutation, and respect, and (te): "to you".

Kowtow

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The kowtow is the highest sign of reverence in Han Chinese culture, but its use has become extremely rare since the collapse of Imperial China.
In many situations, the standing bow has replaced the kowtow.

Handshake

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When dealing with non-East Asians, many East Asians will shake hands.

Greeting

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Bows are the traditional greeting in East Asia, particularly in Japan, Korea, China, and Vietnam.

Hand-kissing

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Social bowing is all but extinct, except in some very formal settings, though hand-kissing of women by men, which of necessity includes a bow, lingers on in some cultures.
In the Eastern Orthodox Church, and Oriental Orthodox Churches, it is appropriate and common for laity to greet clergy, whether priests or bishops, by making a profound bow and saying, "Father, bless" (to a priest) or "Master, bless" (to a bishop) while placing their right hand, palm up, in front of their bodies.

Japanese tea ceremony

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Bowing is an important part of the Japanese tea ceremony.
Bows are exchanged between the host and the guest receiving the tea.

Torso

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Bowing (also called stooping) is the act of lowering the torso and head as a social gesture in direction to another person or symbol.

Human head

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Bowing (also called stooping) is the act of lowering the torso and head as a social gesture in direction to another person or symbol.

Gesture

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Bowing (also called stooping) is the act of lowering the torso and head as a social gesture in direction to another person or symbol.

Asia

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It is most prominent in Asian cultures but it is also typical of nobility and aristocracy in many European countries.

Nobility

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It is most prominent in Asian cultures but it is also typical of nobility and aristocracy in many European countries.

Aristocracy

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It is most prominent in Asian cultures but it is also typical of nobility and aristocracy in many European countries.

Europe

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It is most prominent in Asian cultures but it is also typical of nobility and aristocracy in many European countries.

Indonesia

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Sometimes the gesture may be limited to lowering the head such as in Indonesia, and in many cultures several degrees of the lowness of the bow are distinguished and regarded as appropriate for different circumstances.

Culture of Nepal

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It is especially prominent in Nepal, India, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam where it may be executed standing or kneeling.

Culture of Laos

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It is especially prominent in Nepal, India, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam where it may be executed standing or kneeling.

Culture of Cambodia

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It is especially prominent in Nepal, India, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam where it may be executed standing or kneeling.

Chinese culture

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It is especially prominent in Nepal, India, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam where it may be executed standing or kneeling.

Culture of Korea

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It is especially prominent in Nepal, India, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam where it may be executed standing or kneeling.

Vietnam

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It is especially prominent in Nepal, India, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam where it may be executed standing or kneeling. Bows are the traditional greeting in East Asia, particularly in Japan, Korea, China, and Vietnam.

Kneeling

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A nod of the head may be regarded as the minimal form of bow; forms of kneeling, genuflection, or prostration which involves the hands or whole body touching the ground, are the next levels of gesture.