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Old 07-29-2009, 10:26 AM   #6
Eva Antonia
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Re: Objecting to "Traditional Respect"

Hi,
I suppose the issue is not that the aikido greeting is worship as such, but it is very similar to how Muslims kneel during prayer. I suppose that some Catholics or Christians in general would feel equally uncomfortable if Japanese greeting looked the same as for example our signing the cross or prayer gesture. So it may be perceived as a sort of blasphemy...

But if that's an issue in Indonesia - wouldn't the Indonesian grading organisation be aware of it? I mean, your Sensei is certainly not the first one who has a conflict between religious conscience and aikido ceremony.

Best regards,

Eva
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