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#18865 - 02/14/01 09:18 AM Re: Heart-to-heart
Geoff Offline
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I am reminded of the greeting gesture, which I have not seen in many years, wherein one touches one's head, mouth, and chest, implying, "all that I think, and all that I say, comes from the heart."


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#18866 - 02/14/01 09:56 AM Re: Heart-to-heart
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Geoff writes:

I am reminded of the greeting gesture, which I have not seen in many years, wherein one touches one's head, mouth, and chest, implying, "all that I think, and all that I say, comes from the heart."

i've never seen this greeting, but it sounds quite a bit like what we Catholics do prior to the reading of the Holy Gospels.... we use our right thumb to genuflect first at our forehead, then our mouth, then our heart. i'm sure there must be a name for this, but it escapes me. anyone??



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#18867 - 02/14/01 09:58 AM Re: Heart-to-heart
wow Offline
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From Geof : I am reminded of the greeting gesture, which I have not seen in many years, wherein one touches one's head, mouth, and chest, implying, "all that I think, and all that I say, comes from the heart."

Isn't that the traditional Muslim (Arabic?) greeting?

Re genuflection : we were taught (in the dear dead days beyond recall) that one went down on the right knee before God as personified in the host which was housed in the tabernacle of the altar ... and the down on the left knee for all secular persons like Kings, Cardinals et.al.
The genuflection was de rigeur when one came into church, generally performed just before entering a pew. This caused some discombobulation when those of another religion followed a Catholic friend into a Roman Catholic church and nearly tripped over the person when the Catholic suddenly dropped to one knee !
wow




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#18868 - 02/14/01 10:20 AM Re: Heart-to-heart
Fiberbabe Offline
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it sounds quite a bit like what we Catholics do prior to the reading of the Holy Gospels...

This brings back the image for me of going to the Buddhist temples in Korea, and watching the particularly devout performing ritual bows in altar pavilions ~ hands in "prayer position" (palms together, fingers up) and tapping the thumbs to the forehead, the chin, and the sternum (close enough to the heart for me). I guess I never really thought of it in Geoff's terms, "all that I think, and all that I say, comes from the heart", but I like that. I always regarded it as a thoughtful, sincere gesture anyway. Now you've given me words to put to it. Thanks, from the bottom of my heart.


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#18869 - 02/14/01 04:48 PM Re: Heart-to-heart
Geoff Offline
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I guess I never really thought of it in Geoff's terms, "all that I
think, and all that I say, comes from the heart", but I like that. I always regarded it as a thoughtful, sincere gesture anyway.
Now you've given me words to put to it. Thanks, from the bottom of my heart.


It warms the cockles of my heart to know I've enlightened you, FB! The meaning of the gesture was told to me by an Egyptian friend about thirty-five years ago, when we weren't supposed to have Egyptian friends.


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#18870 - 02/14/01 07:40 PM Re: Heart-to-heart
des Offline
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Registered: 02/02/01
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Loc: Indianapolis transplanted to S...
Cross my heart
Big hearted


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#18871 - 02/15/01 01:55 AM Re: Heart-to-heart
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Hi Helen: Back to the sheet music again!

Fools rush in (1940); music by Rube Bloom; words by Johnny Mercer.

Whoever wrote the tune -- it's a 'lulu'.


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#18872 - 02/15/01 02:04 AM Re: Heart-to-heart
paulb Offline
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And now that Valentine's Day is safely passed, y'all remember Tom Lehrer's "My heart is in my hand -- Urrgh!!! [or similar]"


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#18873 - 02/15/01 05:16 AM Re: Heart-to-heart
lusy Offline
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Loc: Melbourne, Australia
Kiss me hearty!

lusy

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#18874 - 02/15/01 08:19 AM Re: Heart-to-heart
wow Offline
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And now that Valentine's Day is safely passed,
-------------------------------------------------
Paulb
Is that a kiss off?
wow


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