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Old October 21st, 2008, 01:57 PM
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Default Re: Cultural question for my Egyptian friends.

Originally Posted by ************* View Post
To answer your question of it being offensive, I think not. I am Christian Lebanese and you will definately not offend anyone in my background with hookah use, in fact it would be a great icebreaker in making friends. With that being said, some Christian Egyptians I know are orthodox and very strict with aspects to their religion, more than other Middle Eastern Christians. You can always feel free to ask them since not all people of any religion act the either the way the are supposed to or the way you would perceive them to. Just go ahead and say hi, ask them if they smoke, or just light up. I assume you live in the US, it's a free country and I'm sure they understand that. I think you are worried too much, and you may make some good friends/neighbors out of this, good luck.
Thanks. Again very useful information. I don't believe they are Orthodox but I could be wrong. I really thought they were Catholic but we haven't talked much about it. I don't think he would say anything about it even if he was offended by it but having had experience with several other cultures you learn that somethings come across as rude that I don't always catch. I mean here we don't have any etiquette or rules surrounding Hookahs. I never would have thought that there was any kind of mindset about it. To me it is just a cool looking better smoking pipe that generally has flavored wet tobacco in it. Apparently there are some communities that see it differently. Just making sure.
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