Why ‘namaste’ has become the perfect pandemic greeting

Why ‘namaste’ has become the perfect pandemic greeting

Hands over the heart in prayer pose. A little bow of the head. A gesture of respect. An acknowledgment of our shared humanity. And no touching.

As people the world over are choosing to ditch the handshakes and hugs for fear of contracting the coronavirus, namaste is becoming the perfect pandemic greeting.

As a scholar whose research focuses on the ethics of communication and as a yoga teacher, I’m interested in how people use rituals and rhetoric to affirm their interconnectedness with one another – and with the world.

Namaste is one such ritual.

By Jeremy David Engels, Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences, Pennsylvania State University

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