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Why do tibetans stick out their tongue?

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October 22, 2009 9:23PM

It is meant as a traditional form of greeting or sign of respect. A story in the LA Times (http://articles.latimes.com/1997/nov/08/local/me-51420) explained it as a means of showing others that their tongue was pink and that they were trustworthy. Tibetan folklore tells a story of a malicious ruler that had a black tongue. As Buddhists, Tibetans believe in reincarnation. Sticking out your tongue signifies that you are an honest and decent person, innocent of evil deeds, and thus not the reincarnation of an evil tyrant.