Wednesday, October 5, 2011

How Do Minmatar Say No?

Sofia, BG - One of the curious differences in body languages between Bulgarians and most of the rest of the world is how they indicate yes and no.  For "no", instead of shaking their heads left and right, they nod their heads up and down.  The story of how this came to be has a very Minmatar flavor to it.

As was explained to me over dinner last week, when Bulgaria was under the Ottoman yoke, they were very interested in making sure everyone was a Muslim.  One way they would do that was to place a blade across someone's neck and ask if they were a Muslim.  If they nodded "yes", they were okay.  If they shook their heads "no", they slit their own throats.

As time went on, Bulgarians who didn't want to be Muslims, but also wanted to live, changed their body language.  Nodding their heads was a signal for "no", while shaking their heads meant "yes".  I supposed once the Ottoman's caught on to what was happening, they started asking a different way.  After all, they were only killing fellow Muslims.

That got me to thinking.  Do the Minmatar have any unique quirks brought on by their enslavement by the Amarr?  Besides Vitoc addiction, that is.

1 comment:

  1. An interesting question honestly. I've been digging into the documented history of my people and not seen any indications of quirks... though that doesn't mean they don't exist.

    I'll keep my eyes out though.

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