Monday, February 8, 2010


Gursha means "mouthful" in Amharic and is the Ethiopian tradition of hand-feeding another. It's basically an act of kindness and respect towards the other person. Gursha is exchanged between husband and wife, parents and children, relatives and friends.

From Ethiopian Ethiopians (less practiced outside Ethiopia) often hand feed their guests, or guests of honors during dinner/lunch. This is to show respect(often it grabs foreigners by surprise) sometimes the person receiving the Gursha responds in kind and in turn feeds his feeder. Often gurshas are much larger than the regular scoop due to tradition, so you might find your mouth full from front to back. It's ok to decline a Gursha if you are uncomfortable, people won't take offense from this.

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