This is a very colorful country.
The Mongols did not impose their rules to visitors, so few tourists versed in the intricacies of local etiquette. And in vain, because many innocent by Russian standards, the actions are considered to be bad manners. That’s the most important “no”.
To give money anyhow
Creased, stained, sandwiched between the fingers, thrown on the table, extracted from a secret pocket of the bra… In Russia, money is always money, valuable in themselves. For the Mongols the money is a form of respect. First and foremost, the forefather of the nation, the great Genghis Khan, whose portrait is crowned with every tug. The second is for the person who gets the tug. So, paying for something in Mongolia, it is important to remember that the money needs to stretch right hand, turning the bill face-up Genghis Khan, a crown of Genghis Khan — to the side of the seller. To heighten the expression of respect can be an bill with both hands on the open palm.
Ask the guest whether he tea
“Maybe some tea? Or eat?” — these issues in Mongolia are considered indecent. The guest does not ask, he immediately to pour the tea and serve the food. And do it as long as he does not show that enough. The guest in turn, it is important not to overestimate their strength, because to finish, he will have everything that’s on the plate, no matter you like it or not. Uneaten food is regarded as disrespect to the one who treats, be it the hostess or the lonely shepherd, just braised goat meat in the canister with a soldering iron. Mongolian cuisine is unpredictable, so foreigners should be precise in expressing their wishes. Asking for tea with sausage and without specifying exactly where the latter should be, you can get a mug of green tea and floating in it smoked. It’s not the bike, and experience real girls from Russia.
Ask the Mongols to take off his hat
Russian teachers at schools of Ulaanbaatar, sometimes, outraged: what indecency, Mongol-father sits at the parents ‘ meeting in the headdress! They still don’t know what a man’s hat in Mongolia is the personification of manhood. Therefore, in public places it is not removed, and the guests and the house is placed only on raised places, closer to the altar. The landlord wouldn’t like it if someone other than his wife, touching his hat. Offended he and a man at the sight of a foreigner, placed his hat on inappropriate low surface — a chair or even on the floor.
Serve tea anyhow
In Mongolia, the start is always tea, even if it’s a real men meeting. It is important to observe the intricacies of the tea ceremony. According to the Mongols, as in Russia we served each other tea, “so we have the dogs water is poured”. Mug in any case should not be on the table in front of that person. She is passed from hand to hand, right hand. And the left hand can support the right elbow. This gesture suggests that the guest has nothing to hide and it won’t deal a treacherous blow to the left.
To go in the tent counter-clockwise
The Yurt is a small universe that exists according to its immutable laws. If you imagine it as the Eastern hemisphere, the entrance will be at the South pole, and the altar on the North. In Europe dwell men, in the far East were women, and in Australia put the fridge. Any guest, regardless of gender seated in the abode of the women. To his place he should go clockwise, through Africa, around the hearth on the left. Entering the tent it should be, as in the temple with the right foot. Thus the head must overtake the leg a half step.
Count the flies and drink tea with protruding pinky
Young Mongols of the Russian language almost do not know and can misinterpret shouting “fly!”. The fact that the Russian word for “fly” in tune Mongolian “bad.” The same gesture means that sin some fans of the tea parties, is protruding to the side of the little finger. The Mongols are sensitive to rudeness and will probably take offense at “inadequate” Russian tourist, openly showing his dissatisfaction.
To pay attention to women breast feeding in public
“I once saw a girl right in front of Rinpoche’s tit. No one is confused except me”, — says a Russian student at the Buddhist University in Ulan Bator. Such “shameless” women are very much in the public areas of Mongolia. Nursing mother here, the image, devoid of sexual connotations, so natural, like the natural need for food and peeing. In the desert where hide? And nowhere to go if I want to listen to the lecture by Buddhist teacher when it’s time to feed the baby?
To apply for you to senior
“Even if the person is older than you for two hours and he’s your friend, talk to him just for you,” admonished the author of the Mongolian middle-aged way of Buryatia in Ulan Bator. The Russian habit of “pointing” as communication on equal terms in Mongolia did not stick. It is ruled by a real Asian ancestor worship. Elders give place, they first serves, they in any case do not clap on the shoulder as a farewell or greeting.
To go without a belt in national costume
If us folk costume — a relic of the past, for the Mongol — festive clothes. Therefore, you need to try it in good faith, that is definitely gird thyself. Bathrobe wide open, without belt, looks in the eyes of the Mongol vulgar and indecent.
To be a snob
Snobbery — that’s why in Mongolia starts fights. For security purposes tourists are advised to avoid contact with drunken strangers: brand Mongolian peacefulness under the influence of wine vapors gives way to burning desire to put a snob in the place.
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