Monday, February 18, 2008
Johar is the ethnic equivalent of 'namaste' or 'hello'. Traditional tribal welcome ceremonies are pretty elaborate giving the visitor the feel of warmth and affection. In earlier days, when people walked from one village to another (no buses then!), the hosts would seat the visitor and wash his feet. Mustard oil and turmeric was then applied not only to soothe the tired muscles but also to disinfect...a logical, scientific, humble gesture.