Ta’arof on Reddit

I recently shared a book called The Ayatollah Begs to Differ which covered the Iranian culture of hospitality. Oddly enough the same subject came on reddit, so I share it below for the curious. Click on the picture to expand..

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4 Responses to Ta’arof on Reddit

  1. Mudpuddle says:

    people are so weird… all entrenched in their own lives and resenting change… well, i suppose i'm not any different. but it's still weird…

  2. Elle says:

    Omg… this is a bit funny and interesting to read. I've never heard about this before. In my family, we always bring fruit when we visit other family member's houses. I don't specifically know the reason, but it's pretty funny. One time there was a house warming party and everyone brought tangerines. I think there were 5 bags of tangerines total. Elle @ Keep on Reading

  3. Stephen says:

    The funny thing is, the author of another book which I finished last week commented that — as exasperating as the ritual could be — he found himself missing it whenever he encountered a steamroller of a tourist from the west, charging into interactions with demands. One couple was annoyed that they couldn't get beer and chips (fries) in Tehran. (You can't get it in restaurant, but if you make friends you'd be surprised by how many Iranians seem to have secret whiskey stocks…)

  4. Stephen says:

    Sometimes I'm exhausted by having to get through the pleasantries with 200+ people a day just to find out what they want, but the alternative — people arriving and barking words — is worse, I think..

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