Even though I was born in Cambodia, one of the South East Asian countries, I still feel ‘touching one’s head and receiving anger in return’ is quite a culture shock. Several times, I have touched my friends’ head lightly to show friendship, but they took it for offense.
I heard that for westerners, they do not mind at all touching their friends’ head to show, you know, how much you like them. I saw my Cambodian friend gently touching her Italian friend’s head. He did not mind but smiled and liked it. When I was trying to use a pair of scissors to cut a friend’s hair, he turned away quickly, his facial expression changed and he finally said to me that everybody owns different values. So he really values his head. But for what’s been happening in Cambodia, superstition happens so much so that everybody can get confused with the sacred places.
I wonder why they take their head seriously especially just when you gently touch them. I just found out that a lot of Asians are very sensitive when someone touches their head, whether it’s a gentle or rough touch. That’s quite strange to me. However, it is too much for them sometimes especially when I find it simple when others don’t. But I of course understand that it’s a right. Nevertheless I don’t agree with people who get annoyed or angry when their head is touched. They should understand they don’t lose a thing when it happens. 😉