care should be taken when attending a religious place
(temple, shrine) or event. Dress and behave appropriately-don't
wear shorts or singlet tops (this applies to men and
women) and do not smoke or hold hands. Remove your shoes
before entering the holy place, and never touch a carving
or statue of a deity. In some places, such as mosques,
you will be required to cover your head. For religious
reasons, do not touch local people on the head and similarly
never direct the soles of your feet at a person, religious
shrine, or image of a deity, as this may cause offence.
Never touch another person with your feet.
You should be sensitive about
taking photos of people, especially women, who may find
it offensive, always ask first. Taking photos at a death
ceremony, or a religious ceremony or of people bathing
(in baths or rivers) may cause offence.
throw food into a fire whether at a campsite in the
desert or in a home. It is also expedient not to touch
food or cooking utensils that local people well use.
You should use your right hand for all social interactions,
whether passing money or food or any other item. Eat
with your right hand only. If you are invited to dine
with a family always take off your shoes and wash your
hands before taking your meal. The hearth is the sacred
center of the home, so never approach it unless you
have been invited to do so.
is completely unacceptable and a swimsuit must be worn
even when bathing in a remote location.
enter the kitchen unless you have been invited to do
so, and always remove your shoes before entering. Similarly,
never enter the area where drinking water is stored
unless you have removed your shoes. Do not touch terracotta
vessels in which water is kept-asks your host to serve