๐Ÿ™ Folded Hands Emoji Guide

The perfect emoji to show gratitude for anything and everything.

The gesture of folding hands is a qualified and famous social etiquette in many countries, cultures, and religions of the world. Each pair of palms that come together may mean different things to different people. But, theyโ€™re all rooted in their own substantial amount of value and significance.

In most cultures, a set of folded hands suggests a manner of greeting, praying, expressing gratitude, and politeness. Folded hands are also a part of relaxing and meditative practices such as yoga, which surpass most barriers of division, on the global level.

Itโ€™s incredible, indeed, how this common and mundane gesture has come to signify so much in our lives. It is so popular, that folded hands have even been honored as an emoji. Read on to know more about this wonderful gesture, all that it stands for, and how to use its emoji.

Folded Hands Emoji

Meaning of ๐Ÿ™

The ๐Ÿ™ Folded Hands emoji is a two-hand gesture that signifies respect and gratitude in some cultures. Itโ€™s a mark of prayer and devotion in some religions and is a recognized yogic hand sign as well.

Besides, this emoji also suggests a respectful manner of pleading, begging, seeking, or asking for something too, which could involve some intentional or unintentional sarcasm at times.

In few places, this emoji is also a sign of hope and a gesture of communicating a hopeful attitude. ๐Ÿ™ may be viewed and used as a high-five as well, but that is generally not the mainstream interpretation of ๐Ÿ™.

What ๐Ÿ™ Means to Different People

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To the religious folks: Many religions fold their hands in prayer, devotion, and worship. Itโ€™s almost a universal sign of submission and respect thatโ€™s often preceded by or carried alongside a verbal prayer, mantra, or any utterance that has religious reverence attached to it.

To the yogis: Or people who practice yoga, ๐Ÿ™ is the anjali mudra. Itโ€™s the gesture of bringing together the right and the left hemispheres of the brain. Itโ€™s a popular posture, extensively used in yoga and among yogis. This mudra is also an active part of almost every yogic posture.

To the Indian folks: These prayerful hands are recognized and expressed as namaste, namaskar, and namaskaram in India. Itโ€™s a formal, respectful, and polite manner of greeting someone in the country and is also a gesture thatโ€™s frequently synonymous with the nation and its nationality.

To the Japanese and Chinese Folks: North Asian countries like Japan and China exercise this gesture with similar attitudes of respect and formality. In China, a pair of folded hands is also read as a salute, one that conveys harmlessness and goodwill. Itโ€™s a mark of amiability.

Why ๐Ÿ™ Means All That it Does

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Different countries fold their hands in different social scenarios and for varied but valid reasons. But all of them have a common expression; regard or respect. Folding hands is the ubiquitous way of being welcoming, thankful, well-mannered, civil, and of course, respectful.

But why?

Harmlessness/ Goodwill/ Amicability

The reason behind ๐Ÿ™ being the sigil of harmlessness could lie in the fact that both hands present themselves in all honesty. Thereโ€™s nothing kept from plain sight at least by the hands.

The person is clearly not hiding anything behind themselves, like a weapon, poison, essentially anything that could harm. So, going by this open gesture, ๐Ÿ™ may have come to mean goodwill and trustworthiness.

Namaste

Namaste, as mentioned earlier, is an Indian way of greeting. Itโ€™s a welcoming gesture thatโ€™s heavily embedded in the Indian religion of Hinduism. The reason behind this word and its corresponding body language lies in the name and importance of this gesture in an Indian context.

The word โ€˜namasteโ€˜ is derived from Sanskrit, an ancient Indian language. Namaste, when divided in its root language, breaks into two parts โ€˜namasโ€˜ and โ€˜teโ€˜. The former means to bow, revere, submit, salute and obey, while the latter stands for the second person; you. So, when translated, namaste virtually means bowing to you or submitting to/saluting/obeying you.

The present use case of ๐Ÿ™ namaste evokes politeness, warmth, and positivity. A namaste is a mark of humbleness than obedience, submission, and subordination. When one folds their hands in a namaste, thereโ€™s an instant dismissal of the ego. Thereโ€™s only gratitude and reverence.

Anjali Mudra

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The gesture of folding oneโ€™s hands is only identified and known with different names and respective significance in various contexts. The gesture in itself is always the same.

In yoga, ๐Ÿ™ is called the anjali mudra. Itโ€™s a powerful yet subtle and super simple asana. All you need to do to execute this asana is, bring your palms together, close to the chest, spread your arms out a little, and steadily hold and point all fingers upwards. ๐Ÿ™ is a meditative posture and is used in many other asanas too.

If we were to talk about โ€˜namasteโ€™ in the context of the anjali mudra, then the former would translate to bowing down to the divinity in you or saluting the divine in you. The anjali mudra is an intentional and mindful way of folding oneโ€™s hands.

This gesture brings both hemispheres of the brain together, in harmony, unity, and increased awareness. Itโ€™s also a manner of sealing oneโ€™s energy within the self and eventually transferring that energy with a namaste.

Prayer

The reason why ๐Ÿ™ is associated with prayer is the very reason why itโ€™s used at all. Respect, submission, and humility are what make ๐Ÿ™ a prayerful position. When one bows down in prayer, thereโ€™s a natural state of pleading that we go into. Weโ€™re at the mercy of the higher power.

So, when weโ€™re asking for something, be it forgiveness, more money, more power, more, or less of anything, we need to be grounded. Arrogance will only lessen our chances for mercy and grace. Hence, ๐Ÿ™ comes in handy when youโ€™re talking to the higher self. Or so weโ€™re taught.

When Should You Use the ๐Ÿ™ Emoji?

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Weโ€™d like to call ๐Ÿ™ the emoji of the three golden words. It is perfect for any context that involves any of the words (please, sorry, and thank you). You could apply ๐Ÿ™ while responding with either of these meaningful terms and phrases. For instance, โ€œThank you so much! ๐Ÿ™ โ€œ, โ€œPlease mail it to me, thanks ๐Ÿ™ โ€œ, โ€œSo sorry ๐Ÿ™โ€, โ€œCould you do that for me, please? ๐Ÿ™โ€

In any condition, we advise meaningful use of emojis. Send what you mean. This way you will always dodge the bullet of being misunderstood and also avoid the possibilities of wrecking an ongoing conversation (and in extreme cases, the relationship too) due to โ€œemoji egoโ€.

You could also use this emoji in accordance with your individual and cultural connotation. But in such cases, itโ€™s advised to back the emoji with transparent reference to the same. If not, there are chances the emoji may not be consumed in the same way it was intended.

When Should You Not Use ๐Ÿ™?

The ๐Ÿ™ folded hands emoji could have a slightly adverse and exaggerated side. This emoji, which authentically reads as thank you, may also read as thanks a lot, or other capitalized versions of the same expression (THANKS) if used in the wrong contexts, or with the wrong intentions.

Similarly, ๐Ÿ™ must not be used when youโ€™re sorry for something or someone, and should only be limited to being sorry about something and apologizing for the same. For example, โ€œIโ€™m sorry about that. I really am ๐Ÿ™โ€ is the acceptable and correct use of ๐Ÿ™ as a sorry emoji as opposed to โ€œSo sorry for your loss ๐Ÿ™โ€ or โ€œIโ€™m sorry for all that I did ๐Ÿ™โ€. Nope.

Such use-cases not only shred the conversation of its genuineness and convey an artificial sense of connection but also trivialize the immensity of the situation and very often add a negligible but visibly negative layer of drama to the virtual chat, mostly one that wouldnโ€™t end/go well.

So, these virtual scenarios are when you shouldnโ€™t be using ๐Ÿ™.

What Does it Mean When Someone Sends ๐Ÿ™?

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It totally depends on the conversation and also on the person sending it. ๐Ÿ™ could suggest anything between the golden words or symbolize cultural meanings as upheld by the respective countries and cultures.

However, if youโ€™re using ๐Ÿ™ with cultural context, then clear-cut verbatim would be necessary, because this emoji signifies a general sense of respect, humility, and gratitude, and anything specific would need to be specified. As mentioned earlier.

Given the formal nature of the ๐Ÿ™ folded hands emoji, itโ€™s most likely to be used in formal occasions and conversations. This means ๐Ÿ™ would reach you with a professional, aloof, and distant tone than with an intimate one.

Itโ€™s the emoji an unfamiliar or not very familiar person would send, with the intention of fulfilling the said necessities and fully expressing the intended emotion(s). Like, โ€œReally appreciate your time. Thank you ๐Ÿ™โ€.

Though ๐Ÿ™ has an air of formality and a high wall plastered with a social image, it maintains a consistent, and healthy distance between people who donโ€™t know each other, arenโ€™t familiar with each other just yet, used to know each other, and need to/ happen to know each other.

So, if someone who doesnโ€™t fit into any of these brackets still goes ahead and sends the ๐Ÿ™ emoji, then thereโ€™s a slight chance that something may not be right or as right as it used to be. But, there are exceptions to everything, including this analysis.

What Does it Mean When Someone Uses Multiple ๐Ÿ™?

If youโ€™ve ever come across a text message that contains more than a single ๐Ÿ™ folded hands emoji, a definitive reason behind this multiplicity would be extra emotion.

๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™ or ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™ would invariably suggest that the sender is feeling an extra sense of gratitude, groundedness, reverence, or devotion. It may also be proportionate to the conversational amount of pleading, begging, or requesting thatโ€™s articulated by the sender.

More the emoji, more the emotion, in such cases.

Is ๐Ÿ™ a High-Five?

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Itโ€™s only human to see different perspectives. ๐Ÿ™ could be a pair of folded hands or it could be a high-five. Theyโ€™re both correct.

๐Ÿ™ can be single hands belonging to two different people, coming in for a high five, or it could be a single person self high-fiving. You know, the awkward โ€˜nobody loves meself high-fiveโ€™.

But, referring to ๐Ÿ™ as a high-five and using it as such only diminishes its magnitude of rich cultural importance and acknowledgment. Thus, risking offense to the existing reverence users may have for this gesture.

However, it ainโ€™t politically wrong to use the ๐Ÿ™ folded hands emoji as a high-five and if you are applying this emoji as a high-five, itโ€™s best to use your words too. Like, โ€œWeโ€™re a lot alike than I thought, man. High 5 ๐Ÿ™โ€. It would be read as a yoga pose, namaste, or an act of begging, otherwise.

What Else Does ๐Ÿ™ Mean?

The folded hands emoji is also associated with strongly held sentiments and values apart from the universal and well-known ones. For instance, ๐Ÿ™ is a mark of hope, faith, and belief in some countries, and not only a symbol of respect and polite mannerisms, as itโ€™s popularly noted to be.

This pair of revering hands can also come to signify praise, exaltation, glorification, veneration, and a sense of honoring something or someone as well. In all cases, ๐Ÿ™ is a gesture that conveys the act of humbling oneself before โ€œthe exalted oneโ€ in any measure and to any degree.

In Conclusion

The folded hands emoji is a positive emoji until itโ€™s made to be otherwise. A pair of closely-held palms never has a vile intention or purpose in reality and neither does it in the emoji world.

The intention and purpose of the sender could cause all the variance in this emoji and its intonation.

๐Ÿ™ is the emoji you would use in scenarios that aim to convey gratitude, respect, hope, prayerfulness, worship, reverence, an apology, sincerity, and modesty. Remember, ๐Ÿ™ can easily go wrong and can be effortlessly smelled out when used with an incorrect objective, intentionally or not.