Shake it like a Swazi

Mallory Primm
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The Swazi handshake is an everyday way to show respect. Swazis shake with their right hands. To show respect, which you must do whenever greeting someone older than you, a government official, or a chief, you support your shaking hand between the elbow and the wrist with your left hand. If you are more familiar with the person you can do the Down-Up-Down shake. You grip the other person’s hand in the normal Western fashion and squeeze once, then bring your thumb toward you and your fingers up to squeeze hands in a sort of arm-wrestling fashion, and then do a final squeeze in the normal fashion again. If you’re friends with someone, you will finish this handshake off by pushing your thumbs together and snapping as you draw back your hands.


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