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Re: Why It Is Offensive To Give/Receive With Your Left Hand? by GogobiriLalas: 12:07am On Nov 25, 2015
It is offensive because in the olden days, orisa and juju combine to tell us they don't like it...and that's why climate change
Re: Why It Is Offensive To Give/Receive With Your Left Hand? by ewosk: 12:20am On Nov 25, 2015
D conk wen i go sama pikin wen try use the hand e uses to wipe poo to give me something eh.....


Put your best foot forward....dat kind thing....

As it was in the beginning ...
Re: Why It Is Offensive To Give/Receive With Your Left Hand? by spigaspike: 12:20am On Nov 25, 2015
9ja pple with their "sense" eh!.. Buh we gree hold fork(wey dy important pass knife) for left chop,cum use that olmighty right,hold blaady knife
Re: Why It Is Offensive To Give/Receive With Your Left Hand? by Kalvan: 12:35am On Nov 25, 2015
chuchutech:
that is african tradition and we must respect it period!


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Re: Why It Is Offensive To Give/Receive With Your Left Hand? by Ademusiwa1c: 1:32am On Nov 25, 2015
[size=38pt]Obasanjo illegally collected the money of the country of the kingdom of Western Nigeria.. and for 8 years never gave me the country of the kingdom of Western Nigeria..

Jonathan Goodluck for 6 years also collected illegally the money of the country of the kingdom of Western Nigeria and never gave me the money.

The Nigeria senate and house of rep have no power to collect our money. .

So we could not fix the police/military,school etc.

People most learn not to pay Nigeria money or they will suffer. Because police is a local issue.. no money nobody will fix police station and military barrack.

The money that pay the teachers salary in schools comes from local taxes.. Nigeria only own 26 primary/secondary school. which make people pay over N10,000 for fee.

So if you continue to give naija.. you will end up like kwara teachers with no salary and your police will not have vehicle.. arm robber will kill you in your houses..

this is what lekki people did. the people donated police vehicle and put their names on it.
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Re: Why It Is Offensive To Give/Receive With Your Left Hand? by Nyceguy92: 2:59am On Nov 25, 2015
[quote author=Theyveedo post=40367452]

It is our cultural value and I have noting against it.

Every society has their taboo.

The right hand is regarded as higher place than the left and it shows respect to give r receive with it.

Tell me, how would a national soccer team feel if an opponent country fields her 2nd or 3rd team to play the other in an international match?

Not that I mind, anyway. If the most convenient hand at the time is the left one, so be it.

In Western countries, it is disrespectful not to look somebody in the face while while talking or been talked to.

In Africa, you dare not eyeball your senior while being tongue-lashed.
Re: Why It Is Offensive To Give/Receive With Your Left Hand? by theDEVILisHERE: 3:22am On Nov 25, 2015
Theyveedo:
I bought recharge card from an elderly woman today along the street on my way back from an errand. While giving me my change, she passed it with her left hand cos right was occupied but she quickly apologised that I shouldn't be offended.

My question is; why is it offensive to give or receive with the left hand
I know it's a common thing in many cultures but I don't know the reason why.



Plz share your thoughts.

Because a lot of human beings have allowed themselves to be brainwashed into thinking wrongly
Your left hand is still part of your body nothing wrong with it
Re: Why It Is Offensive To Give/Receive With Your Left Hand? by slimgold123(f): 3:49am On Nov 25, 2015
It's Culture, in Yorubaland if you do that it means you don't have respect.

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Re: Why It Is Offensive To Give/Receive With Your Left Hand? by Temysteve(m): 5:25am On Nov 25, 2015
Well am a left handed nd i use my left hand to do anything i want to do. I dnt give a f.uck about any person who said its bad coz dats wat am used to. Also my right hand is used in the toilet na am nt ashamed to say it publicly
Re: Why It Is Offensive To Give/Receive With Your Left Hand? by Temysteve(m): 5:33am On Nov 25, 2015
slimgold123:
It's Culture, in Yorubaland if you do that it means you don't have respect.
dats in olden days. If u use ur left to give me sometin, i'll also comply with d same hand
Re: Why It Is Offensive To Give/Receive With Your Left Hand? by Temysteve(m): 5:37am On Nov 25, 2015
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Re: Why It Is Offensive To Give/Receive With Your Left Hand? by Temysteve(m): 5:40am On Nov 25, 2015
MissJayne:
Maybe it's because everything right is Right!



Don't ask me for explanation
so everything left is wrong shey! Keep deceiving urself
Re: Why It Is Offensive To Give/Receive With Your Left Hand? by pinkheartng: 5:51am On Nov 25, 2015
It's the right hand that should give offense actually. In these days of unbridled offense-taking I guess anything allowed. Before the advent of toilet paper, people used everything from corn cobs to green leaves to wipe their bum. Washing your bum with water was also quite common. Because the water was held with the right hand and left hand used to clean the bum proper, the left hand garnered an unsavory reputation. Giving or receiving anything with the "poo hand" became undesirable.

We don't wash our bums with our left hand anymore. We use toilet paper to wipe our bum. With our right hand.

So you should actually be offended if some offers you something with their right hand.

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Re: Why It Is Offensive To Give/Receive With Your Left Hand? by bobkezel(m): 6:26am On Nov 25, 2015
Had it been it was the white that introduced that, we would have considered it right. But this one that is one of our little norms we considered it superstitious. There is nothing superstitious about it. It is just our way of life. Respect it! When u go to the west where the use of left hand in giving out things does not matter, then do as they do. But while u are still in africa respect that norm.
Meanwhile, there is nothing wrong with giving out things with left hand, but when u don't have respect for ur people or other peoples' norms, now that's wrong.

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Re: Why It Is Offensive To Give/Receive With Your Left Hand? by Nobody: 6:45am On Nov 25, 2015
My two kids are both lefties and I make sure that no body,I mean no one speaks them down cos of that. I tell them stories of great men who are lefties eg Barack Obama. So if you are not comfortable with that,then too bad!
Re: Why It Is Offensive To Give/Receive With Your Left Hand? by Nobody: 6:47am On Nov 25, 2015
bobkezel:
Had it been it was the white that introduced that, we would have considered it right. But this one that is one of our little norms we considered it superstitious. There is nothing superstitious about it. It is just our way of life. Respect it! When u go to the west where the use of left hand in giving out things does not matter, then do as they do. But while u are still in africa respect that norm.
Meanwhile, there is nothing wrong with giving out things with left hand, but when u don't have respect for ur people or other peoples' norms, now that's wrong.
. And what about lefties?
Re: Why It Is Offensive To Give/Receive With Your Left Hand? by jimohfarouk(m): 7:04am On Nov 25, 2015
The Islamic injunction believes that the devil uses left hand, therefore, whoever uses left hand in doing things of any kind, definitely u are satanic.
Re: Why It Is Offensive To Give/Receive With Your Left Hand? by Sike(m): 7:12am On Nov 25, 2015
Is Wrong. Chikena
Re: Why It Is Offensive To Give/Receive With Your Left Hand? by Nobody: 7:28am On Nov 25, 2015
cozy7:
Totally agreed bro.

I'm waiting for d bus conductor who will reject my T-fair I'm offering bcoz I used left hand.......RUBBISH!


Lol bruh, u ja said ma mind waiting for d rechRge card woman who would refuse ma money due to left hand,

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Re: Why It Is Offensive To Give/Receive With Your Left Hand? by tonynickson(m): 7:35am On Nov 25, 2015
SuPeRq:
Because left is attributed to filts
most. Times wwhen pipo decide to pick money on the road they do dat wt the left believing thet won't be harmed cos left is evil too. Lol. Oldtime stories
Re: Why It Is Offensive To Give/Receive With Your Left Hand? by noblegrex: 8:33am On Nov 25, 2015
SuPeRq:
Because left is attributed to filts
hmmm!! Nice thought.you're right.best answer. Whatever you do with your left hand is beleived to be useless,worthless and not important. Except for those who are lefty,things we do with our left hands are dirty things in actual sense.therefore,giving me something with your left hand means I'm not important.
Re: Why It Is Offensive To Give/Receive With Your Left Hand? by konjivity: 8:45am On Nov 25, 2015
Whether we like it or not, it's our culture to use right hand to give and receive. There's no myth or superstition attached to it. If you are a southpaw however, you are free to use your left hand to do things for yourself - eat, write etc. But when giving or receiving, it won't hurt you to use your right hand. I have a cousin who doesn't believe in the culture of using the right hand. One day, while trying to exchange handshakes, I offered him my left hand. He was bemused and asked why it had to be with left hand, and I said to him: does it have to be with right hand? He got the drift!
Re: Why It Is Offensive To Give/Receive With Your Left Hand? by SuPeRq(f): 8:53am On Nov 25, 2015
noblegrex:
hmmm!! Nice thought.you're right.best answer. Whatever you do with your left hand is beleived to be useless,worthless and not important. Except for those who are lefty,things we do with our left hands are dirty things in actual sense.therefore,giving me something with your left hand means I'm not important.
yes you're also right
Re: Why It Is Offensive To Give/Receive With Your Left Hand? by bobkezel(m): 8:55am On Nov 25, 2015
egbedore:
. And what about lefties?

a leftie can do whatever s/he wants with his/her left hand. But when it comes to giving or some other sensitive issues, s/he should adjust to respect the culture. I once was scolded by a trader for touching her goods with a left hand. I didn't brag about my right nor how uncivilzed she is nor how civilized i am. I simply apologised, case dismissed.

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Re: Why It Is Offensive To Give/Receive With Your Left Hand? by akintoyin1808(m): 9:09am On Nov 25, 2015
Theyveedo:
I bought recharge card from an elderly woman today along the street on my way back from an errand. While giving me my change, she passed it with her left hand cos right was occupied but she quickly apologised that I shouldn't be offended.

My question is; why is it offensive to give or receive with the left hand
I know it's a common thing in many cultures but I don't know the reason why.



Plz share your thoughts.
its religious too. Islam does not support it especially eating with it. Representing left handed people though
Re: Why It Is Offensive To Give/Receive With Your Left Hand? by Edigrows: 9:19am On Nov 25, 2015
there's something about the right hand sha, even in the Bible, it is stated that when Jesus ascended into heaven, he seated at the RIGHT HAND of his Father. But then God created both hands equally, when you love your right hand than your left hand or vice-versa, it is your own business.
Re: Why It Is Offensive To Give/Receive With Your Left Hand? by PAQ: 9:44am On Nov 25, 2015
I once asked an elder and her response was that in this side of the world after defecating we use our left hand to wash our ass, it is unclean to use that same hand to give, take or greet someone. And besides in the west you dont see people shaking hands with their left hand.

That made sense to me, no religious or cultural reasons, just courtesy.
Re: Why It Is Offensive To Give/Receive With Your Left Hand? by leahcimzil: 10:19am On Nov 25, 2015
PEOPLE THAT ARE MAD...FUNNY THING IS MOST OF THOSE REJECTING THINGS FROM LEFT HANDERS ARE ALREADY POOR AND WRETCHED UNFORTUNATE BEINGS....WONDER IF THINGS CAN GET ANY WORSE FOR POOR ILLITERATES LIKE THEM.
I CANT EVEN FORGIVE MY EX VP. GOD WILL STILL HELP ME PUNISH HER. SILLY OLD WOMAN
Re: Why It Is Offensive To Give/Receive With Your Left Hand? by Agnesgrace(f): 11:05am On Nov 25, 2015
Nice topic......... To me, I think it is proper to use the right hand in giving and receiving because it is ideal.......

Please you shake (handshake) someone with your left hand?

Less I forget, Good morning to all nairalanders
Re: Why It Is Offensive To Give/Receive With Your Left Hand? by gemale(m): 11:42am On Nov 25, 2015
Part of our dull customs & tradition lacking in rational & clear thoughts & born of unexplainable superstitions one is xpctd 2 nt dare question in Africa because "elders can neva b wrong". Even in d West, there used 2 b superstition lyk dis d slight discrimination 4 left handed persons eg d word "sinister" originated from d Italian word dt literally meant left & even d French word 4 left "gauche" Is used 2 qualify an action as wrong/bad in English language. However it is sad 2 note dt while D West have evolved beyond dis dull thought, most Africans still blindly follow it as if dey lack sense. I have even heard cases of parents beating up their naturally left handed children 4 using their left hand 2 collect/give dem things. Some even go as far as tying up their kid's left hand 2 force Dem 2 use their ryt hands. Y? because dey daftly interpret it as a sign of disrespect / a bad omen. So tell me with dis sort of backward caveman mentality, can we move forward in Africa?

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