Can anyone tell me what the facial markings stand for that you see on the foreheads of people who look like they are from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, etc.
This is a serious question. I'm not just goofing around. In light of the recent terrorist attacks on the U.S....It has been suggested on TV shows that society should try to better understand other cultures' religions, beliefs etc, to help stop the occurance of racism and ethnic profileing.
I see people who look Middle Eastern all the time when I'm out shopping. A lot of them have different coloured dots on their foreheads as well as many other markings, like white smears of colour. What do these markings stand for? Are they to show if someone's married for example? Our could they have religious meanings?
I've wondered about these markings for years, but have never felt comfortable about just walking up to someone and asking them "Hey, What's That Dot On Your Forehead Mean??? So, if I should start learning about other cultures, Here's a good place to start.
Only serious replies please. We could learn something.