Mongolian customs of respect:
The customs Mongols have for greeting and showing respect toward others is traditionally quite rich. Mongolian customs and traditions have grown as part of the development of central Asian nomadic civilization, passed down from generation to generation. They involve psychology, ethics, science, education, religion and family relationships. As in any other nation, Mongolian customs and traditions have their own specific distinguishing features. Mongolians have always considered child bearing and education to be the primary consideration. There is indeed a language association: the Mongolian word humuujil, meaning to educate, to bring up, is related to the words humuun, meaning human, and humuuniig hun bolgoh, meaning to make a man.
A traveler who traveled to Mongolia during the early twentieth century left an interesting message about the respects of Mongolians' greetings.
When he was traveling in the countryside, he thought of how much he respected the Mongol gentleman from the distance.
After a while, he was surprised to see that they were exchanging snuff bottles and tobacco pipes with each other.
In Mongolia, guests are welcomed and greeted each other in various ways, based on their age and social ranks. Mongolians traditionally have strict patterns of greeting. Older or distinguished people were greeted first. Hand-shaking, while greeting was unusual, as touching the hand of a respected person, was traditionally impolite. They did not consider grasping hands as a sign of affection and friendship, but rather shameful behavior, an attempt to make the other person impure. If the guests are younger or lower social rank, he may stand up in his house without going outside to greet or see them off, or he may simply remain seated. The Mongolians are warm-hearted and straightforward. They welcome strangers traveling on the grasslands to stay for the night in their yurts and treat them to tea with milk, mutton, and milk wine. Upon leaving, the guests will invariably be given a warm send-off by the hosts. Many codes of behaviors revolve around young people showing respect for older people. Visitors have traditionally been greeted warmly because they were the main sources of news from the outside world. The traditional Mongolian greeting, especially in the countryside, is for a young person to hold out his arms, palms up, and grasp the older person just in front of the elbows. The older person does the same thing except with his palms down. This style of greeting is associated mostly with the New Year or when people meet for the first time in the new year. It usually is performed only by close relatives. Sometimes it looks as if the older person is sniffing the younger person’s head.
Mongolian greetings devided into following sections:
2. State ceremonies
Mongolians ask the younger to take care of the elderly. The general man must greet with high ranked, the scientist, the patriarch and the hero. The public is greeted by their ages.
The following is a list of our guests' honors.
The owner of the home is: Welcome to the home fence or outside the house
Just go to the door of your home and room
Saying hello and goodbye at your home without getting out home
Saying hello and goodbye sitting in the living room (do not stand up).
But the first two of them would be to greet with the elder people from the younger ones, and in the end, it will be the case for the younger. In this way, the older sibling refers to a single age disability and reputation.
To meet the guest:
Are you having a nice journey?
Have a nice trip?
Have you traveled well? "
If the guest has been studying in school:
Have you learned a lot of knowledge?
Hope you get a high knowledge? ,
If the guest on business?
Is the business successful?
Full of accomplishment? Asked by respondents, they all answered well.
Guest farewell: say all people with a good wish
- Let your journey be lucky!
- May your journey be lucky and successful!
- Bon, voyage!
- Have a good journey!
- See you later!
Guest to say goodbye to the hostess.
- Say goodbye to everyone:
- Have a good and take care of your body.