Unexpected Table Manners Around the World Slideshow

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Andes, South America

In parts of Peru, Argentina, Chile, and Bolivia, diners pay respect to the Andean equivalent of Mother Earth by spilling the top of their drink to the ground and saying “Para la Pachamama” in a ritual called “ch’alla.” To make an offering to the goddess of fertility and harvest, some give an absentminded tipping of the glass, while others flick their drinks with two fingers. It's a little like pouring one out for your homies, only a bit more ritualistic.

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