A lot has been philosophised on burping and belching. Some have postulated on why it is better than their nether cousin. In fact, I noticed a cultural connection about this natural phenomenon in the movie Ben Hur when Ben-Hur had to burp to show courtesy to his host.
In the far East, in China and Japan, it is considered table manners to burp to show how excellent the food was. Not sure if this is what is done in fine dine restaurants there.
Such is the case in a few European and sub-Saharan countries, as well. Burping is a sign of satisfaction. You had your food, and you loved it as well.
In India, burping is as natural as monsoons. You may burp before or after your meal and nobody would really care. Unless your burp sounds like the creaking of an un-oiled iron gate, you are welcome to belch all you want.
There was another aspect to burping when I first held my little one and had to pat him to get him to burp. As a first-time father, I didn’t know what a ‘baby burp’ sounded like, so I did take help from the nurse at hand. Gosh, and the sound that came from my little one tickled me no end. I would wait for him to finish feeding so I could help him burp!
While burping is considered to be courtesy in many places, it is also taken to be a sign of uncivilised, uncouth mannerism. To burp and not to excuse yourself is perhaps a greater sin! In a very strange way, it is considered unfitting of a woman to show her sign of satisfaction!
Whatever (and however) you enjoy your burp, truth is that a burp is a reminder of your last meal. Make it count! 🙂
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