"The women are the workers. ..." Africa Local Custom Tip by ohmarie

Africa Local Customs: 97 reviews and 215 photos


The women are the workers. They carry the water and food everywhere (most of the time with a little one stapper to her back. The little girls would take care of their infant siblings by carring them on their back as well while they played games with us or sat and listened to stories.
When you greet a Malawian, there are 2 kinds of handshakes (and EVERY villager wants to shake your hand) The first is shaking the hand of an elder. As you shake, you place your right hand on your left bicep for respect. A younger peer, you don't have to grip your arm, but they will often move their thumbs from the inside and outside of your thumb a few times while they greet you. This is more of a 'brotherly' handshake.

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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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