Bowing (also called stooping) is the act of lowering the torso and head as a social gesture in direction to another person or symbol. It is most prominent in Asian cultures but it is also typical of nobility and aristocracy in many countries and distinctively in Europe. Sometimes the gesture may be limited to lowering the head such as in Indonesia. It is especially prominent in China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, and Vietnam where it may be executed standing or kneeling.

Read more about Bowing:  Bowing in European Cultures, Bowing in Japan and Korea, Bowing in Mainland China and Taiwan, Bowing in Martial Arts, Bowing in Tea Ceremony

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