Institute Professor of Anthropology, Religion and Transnational Studies Tulasi Srinivas contributed to an NPR All Things Considered story regarding handshaking – will we ever do it again? What is the handshake’s history? Srinivas describes the Namaste greeting as a means to greet each other safely:
Placing the two palms of the hands together and placing it near your heart and bowing the head slightly. The fact that you can do the gesture without even saying the word is useful if you’re wearing a mask or if you fear that your breath might carry contagion.