Dos and Don’ts
- Do remove your shoes when entering a mosque, holy site, or a private home. Shoes are dirty and require that the area be washed.
- Do bring a small hospitality gift when invited to a Turkmen home. It says “thank you” and shows that you are gracious.
- Do praise the quality of the food. It is a compliment to the husband of the house and to those in the kitchen.
- Don’t walk in front of a person who is praying. It invalidates the prayer.
- Don’t sit next to a member of the other gender in a public place unless they are your spouse or child. Doing so implies intimacy between the two parties.
- Don’t point a finger at anyone. It is an accusatory gesture.
- Don’t bring search dogs into a holy place or a home. Muslims consider dogs (like pigs) to be dirty animals that defile a place and require that it be cleansed.