Area of Origin: Greece

This emblematic gesture is created by holding out the palm with all five fingers splayed and is the Greek equivalent to the middle finger insult.  Known as the moutza, the origin of this gesture comes from the Byzantine era where law breakers where shamed by having cinder ash smeared on their faces.  The gesture received the name moutza, meaning cinder in Greek.   Users of this gesture intend it as a threat or a curse, and if the user wants to be double the level of offence, both hands are used. 

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