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Many Vietnamese people believe that the spirit of dead
ancestors sit on the heads and shoulders of the living. It is
therefore considered inappropriate to touch the shoulder or pat
the head of a Vietnamese person. This is an insult to the
ancestors.

Where learned: Vietnam ; Asia

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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