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Old November 7th, 2009, 09:33 PM
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Last night my friend told me that his arabic friend said when you pass the hose you fold the handle over and pass them the hose in like a "U" shape.

Have you guys heard of customs like this? He may have just been messing with me lol.
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Old November 7th, 2009, 09:36 PM
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Default Re: Passin' the hose!

It seems to me I recall reading that it is considered polite to pass the hose with the mouthpiece turned away from the person. I think I know where, I'll try and dig it up.
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Old November 7th, 2009, 09:38 PM
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Here it is..
http://www.thehookahstore.com/index....oep3aj6kljlke5
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Old November 7th, 2009, 09:41 PM
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It's on H-S's blog somewhere too.
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Old November 7th, 2009, 09:43 PM
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I have read on some web sites that you set the hose down and let the next person pick it up.
http://nakhla.com/showpage.aspx?pid=96
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Old November 7th, 2009, 10:07 PM
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I'd prefer people hand me the hose handle pointing up, so it's an easy pass and you dont have to reface the hose.
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Old November 7th, 2009, 10:39 PM
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Default Re: Passin' the hose!

Looking at these rules I think it's a little absurd that you can't have your hookah on a table. I need my table to protect the carpet from coals.
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Old November 7th, 2009, 11:05 PM
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I would agree, most of the rules are a bit on the unnecessary side. Except the cigarette one.
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Old November 8th, 2009, 12:42 AM
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They're not rules, it's just etiquette.
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Old November 8th, 2009, 01:15 AM
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Default Re: Passin' the hose!

I usually pass the hose to the person with the tip facing them, but I don't put it in their face its more or less "take it from me"
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Old November 8th, 2009, 01:23 AM
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Default Re: Passin' the hose!

I don't think it's necessary and I've never done this with my friends (BTW, I am an Arab).
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Old November 8th, 2009, 01:48 AM
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I agree with flippy, i do the same thing
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Old November 8th, 2009, 04:22 AM
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They're not rules, it's just etiquette.
Yeah, seems more like traditional etiquette to me. But every community will develop their own tweaked etiquette to suit their collective preferences.
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Old November 8th, 2009, 11:03 AM
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I could really care less how you hand the hose to me. As long as A) you aren't chucking it at me and B) I get it.
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Old November 8th, 2009, 12:11 PM
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Default Re: Passin' the hose!

As far as the right hand thing goes in the article, what cultures see the left hand as unpure? I'm a lefty and if one day I should travel to an arab country I don't want to insult anyone with the way I eat, smoke, write etc.
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Old November 8th, 2009, 12:14 PM
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Default Re: Passin' the hose!

I was taught this a long time ago by my family (im lebanese). its just courtious, some people take it very offensively if you pass it tip forward in an upward direction. (kind of like saying f u). however with my friends whom are not of arabic descent I just pass it any which way, as they dont care and its easier. though i do take the time to educate them in case they find themselves in a position of smoking with someone of that culture
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Old November 8th, 2009, 12:24 PM
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I always do it
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Old November 8th, 2009, 12:52 PM
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it's tough when you have a nammor/razan/narb/km hose to do that. it works perfect with a mya hose.
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Old November 8th, 2009, 01:39 PM
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its considered impolite to point...so i guess if you hand the hose with the tip facing someone its like your pointing at them

this is just my guess
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Old November 8th, 2009, 02:12 PM
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Yep, I heard that over in the Mid East you get shunned if you don't pass the hose like that.
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Old November 8th, 2009, 06:31 PM
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As far as the right hand thing goes in the article, what cultures see the left hand as unpure? I'm a lefty and if one day I should travel to an arab country I don't want to insult anyone with the way I eat, smoke, write etc.

I do not know which cultures see the left hand as unpure, but I do know that they see it as unpure because in those countries people usually use their left hand to wipe themselves after using the bathroom, which would explain why they don't want you to touch the hose with that hand.
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Old November 8th, 2009, 07:03 PM
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in India the left hand is considered unpure...and thats why you RARELY see any left handers....

my parents told me i was using my left hand and my grandparents forced me to use my right hand....prolly the reason of my horrendous hand writing
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Old November 8th, 2009, 08:05 PM
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in India the left hand is considered unpure...and thats why you RARELY see any left handers....

my parents told me i was using my left hand and my grandparents forced me to use my right hand....prolly the reason of my horrendous hand writing

Yeah I knew a girl like that, her parents tied her left hand behind her back and made her write right handed. She also had the top part of her right pinky cut off for some reason. She was from Cambodia.
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Old November 8th, 2009, 08:18 PM
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Default Re: Passin' the hose!

I also do this because im used to it like that. It is also considered disrespect if you have the hookah on the table while you are smoking with someone because the hookah can block your view of the person you're smoking with.
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Old November 8th, 2009, 09:17 PM
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in India the left hand is considered unpure...and thats why you RARELY see any left handers....

my parents told me i was using my left hand and my grandparents forced me to use my right hand....prolly the reason of my horrendous hand writing
Yeah, russians seem to consider it not normal. I was a lefty, but nannies would tape the spoon/fork to my right hand. Eventually i became a righty.
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