On Sat, 2010-03-27 at 14:21 -0400, Neville A. Cross wrote:
On Sat, Mar 27, 2010 at 2:13 PM, Pierre-Yves
> On Sat, 2010-03-27 at 17:58 +0000, Nelson Marques wrote:
>> What I pointed in the photo is the meaning of the gesture from the
>> on the right side, often associated (many times) with rappers OG's
>> (Original Gangsters). That title is only granted to people who have
>> performed murderers/assassinations. Of course it has other meanings in
>> other groups, usually minorities, like surfers, rockers, etc. Though
>> this might be a polemical debate, and maybe some exaggerated
>> towards some cultural movements, it can still be interpreted in a very
>> negative way.
> Isn't it the 'Index + little finger' ?
> In the picture the lad on the right side has his Thumb + little finger
> up, which to a french person refers more to the symbol of the telephone
> (As if he was asking the phone number of the photograph).
> my 0.2 cents,
I can relate to gestures that Locally (in Nicaragua) can be rude but
in other country (Brazil) can be a sing for good luck. Pierre is right
"Call me" should be a more broad accepted interpretation. Then it may
be also something with context.
I think is good to be aware that differences do exits. This case I
don't find particularly bad. But I should be considered to be wrong
until proven otherwise.
That gesture as a name: "Horns High", and it's also known as:
* Devil's Horns.
* Sign of the Horns.
* Horned Hand
* Hook n'Horns
* Karnana Mudra
It's origins: Ancient Greece.
* The sign of Voor @ Necronomicon
* Satanic Salutes
* Symbol of Infidelity in several cultures worldwide
* Hinduism and Buddhism context: represents dispelling evil, a warding.
* Plus many others depending on context and local interpretations.
It is a documented symbol. Search the internet, there's a whole load of
symbol dictionaries / urban dictionaries, etc regarding this symbol. So
it's pretty much easy to really get an accurate view of it's meanings.
I rest my case now. This is in the field of "behavior psychology" and
"anthropology", in which my knowledge/resources are very limited.
Nelson Marques <07721(a)ipam.pt>