John Riggs wrote:
I do not want to turn this into a religious discussion but customs from cultures do sometimes seem bizarre to others. I don't know if it is religious or not but it used to be forbidden to wear cloth of 2 different types.
The point is that it is very importand to be open minded to the fact that what seems natural and obviouse to us may seem strange and sometimes offensive to other.
I am told that patting another person on the shoulder or back is a seriouse offence in some parts of the orient whereas in our dojo a good hard pat on the shoulder is a sign for appreciation and friendship and is very common behaiviour
by the way, it is forbbiden for Jews to wear cloth of 2 different types.