gassho

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Japanese 合掌 (gasshō がっしょう), from Middle Chinese 合掌 (ɣop-tʃáng "Buddhist-style pressed-palm gesture of piety") (compare Mandarin hézhǎng 合掌, Cantonese hap6-jeung2 合掌), from "unite" and "palm".

NounEdit

gassho (plural gasshos)

  1. A ritual gesture of Eastern origin, with hands pressed together in front of the chest. It can be used for prayer or as a sign of greeting, gratitude, reverence, or apology. When performed with a bow, it is called gassho rei.

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