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The gestures represent emotions and feeling such as content, anger, disgust, approval, or even puzzlement. The Adem culture only accepts the established hand gestures and anything else is considered extremely rude, with the only exception of communication to family and close friends.
The sign language does not include gestures for laugher or crying, as these expressions are believed to come from the stomach, and it is thought that these emotions are unhealthy to hold in. Each gesture is related, for example smirks are similar to grins and smiles, and frowns are similar to cringes and puzzlement.
The right hand is considered strong, and the left hand is considered clever. The left hand is used to do the hand gestures, because it is closer to the heart.
Known gestures Edit
|amusement, slight amusement||splay fingers|
|approval||flatten hand and make it parallel to the ground|
|disgust||brush the front of your shirt|
|embarrassment||curl fingers of left hand|
|frustration, frustrated||clench fist, thumb out, and brush your collar bone|
|interest||similar to excitement with a subtle difference|
|irritation||sharp, fluid brush of your hip|
|joy / content||splay fingers, touch middle finger and thumb|
|puzzlement||rub palm, and roll of wrist|
|refusal||similar to denial with a subtle difference|
|respect, amazed respect||broad, splayed, and spin at wrist|
|satisfaction||rub thumb and forefinger together gently|
|serious, profoundly serious|
|willing||palm up, make fist|
|yes and no||wavering motion with hand|