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To Wai
Posted in: Culture on August 24, 2010

To Wai is the way Thai people show respect and politeness to each other.

It is used to greet people, show thanks, and to apologize as well.

We accept a Wai from people by Wai’ing back to them.

Do you know how to Wai? Let’s start!

Child Wai

To start, put your hands together in front of you and lift them up to your chest, where you should have a little space between the bottom of your hands and your chest.

We have 3 levels of Wai as follows:

1. To Wai to Buddha statues or pictures, monks, temples or Buddhist places: put your hands together and lift them up until your index fingers touches the top of your forehead. At the same time bend your head and upper body down a little.

2. To Wai to older people who have helped or assisted you, parents, your relatives, and teachers or professors: put your hands together and lift them up until your index fingers touch between your eye brows. At the same time bend your head and upper body down a little.

3. To Wai to older people in general or people of the same age: put your hands together and lift them up until your index fingers touch the tip of your nose and also bend your head down a little.

Khruu Ladawan


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