Left and right
Mahendra Kumar Mishra
mkmfolk at GMAIL.COM
Wed Nov 5 05:22:06 UTC 2008
In India right hand is used for auspicious work and taking food in
right hand. Left hand is used for toilet purpose . So lef hand is not
normally used for eating.
Once a Swiss friend came to me, and he offered me sweets in his left
hand and I did not take that.
After that he got to know that right hand is for offering good things.
Even in our day to day activities we use right hand for respecting
others. Now a days there ie a trend to greet in left hand. Namaskar (
folding two hands ) is madw with two hands. Butnow a days some people
greet in left hand only which is bad.
Even if you offer some ting to some body it should be in right hand.
Offering any thing in left hand is considered disrespectful and insult ,
On Wed, Nov 5, 2008 at 5:09 AM, Peter Wyzlic <pwyzlic at uni-bonn.de> wrote:
> Am 04.11.2008 um 22:26 schrieb Stella Sandahl:
> A friend of mine just asked me the following question:
>> "historically, how do Indian traditions look at the ideas of left (or
>> left-hand) and right (right-hand)?"
>> I have no idea. Does anybody know how the notion of the left hand being
>> inauspicious etc. came about?
>> Latin sinistra seems to have the same connotations.
> Here's just one article by Jan Gonda who dealt with the right hand side
> (dakṣiṇā, pradakṣiṇa etc.) in a Vedic ritual context:
> Gonda, Jan: The Significance of the Right Hand and the Right Side in Vedic
> Ritual. - In: Religion. - Vol. 2, Issue 1 (1972), p. 1-23.
> Peter Wyzlic
> Institut für Orient- und Asienwissenschaften
> Abteilung für Indologie
> Universität Bonn
> Regina-Pacis-Weg 7
> 53113 Bonn
Dr Mahendra Kumar Mishra
State Tribal Education Coordinator,
Orissa Primary Education Programme Authority,
Unit- V Bhubaneswar 751001,India
D-9 Flat Kalpana Area Bhubaneswar 751014,India
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