Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 7 02:18:20 UTC 2013

On Sun, Jan 6, 2013 at 8:51 PM, Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at> wrote:
> On that page, TootsNYC seems to think that kowtowing is bowing. Is that
> how kowtowing is commonly understood?

That's the way that I understand it. But it's not a simple bowing
slightly from the waist. Rather, it's what you see in Asian movies,
where the guy gets down on his hands and knees and bows his forehead
to the floor. But I mean that ti be suggestive and not definitive.
I.e., it's merely the impression of it that I have.

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