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Have you ever wondered the significance of Left Handed People within a population and how they were perceived in different cultures :

Left-handedness - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Left-handedness (also known as sinistrality, sinistromanuality, or mancinism) is the preference for the left hand over the right for everyday activities such as writing. In ancient times it was seen as a sign of the devil ( similar to witches / female ), and was abhorred in many cultures. A variety of studies suggest that 10% of the world population is left-handed.[1]
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Negative associations of language

Historically, the left side, and subsequently left-handedness, was considered negative (or Female Pole ) in many cultures ( mostly Patriarchal Cultures if you search a bit ). The Latin word sinistra originally meant "left" but took on meanings of "evil" or "unlucky" by the Classical Latin era, and this double meaning survives in European derivatives of Latin, and in the English word "sinister".
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Positive connotations

Lloque Yupanqui, the third Sapa Inca, whose name means "the glorified lefthander"

Among Incas left-handers were called (and now are called among the indigenous peoples of the Andes) lloq'e (Quechua: lluq'i) which has positive value. Indigenous peoples of the Andes consider that left-handers possess special spiritual abilities, including magic and healing.

The Third Sapa Inca—Lloque Yupanqui—was left-handed. His name when translated from Quechua means "the glorified lefthander". However, many linguists fluent in the native Quechua language, commonly translate Lloque Yupanqui as "The Unforgettable Left-Handed One".[citation needed]

In China and Japan, the formula "man left, woman right" (男左女右, nán zuǒ, nǚ yòu) expresses the traditional concept that the left is the yang (阳, yáng) direction and side of the body. The character for "left", 左, also depicts a left hand attending to its work. In contrast, the character for "right", 右 (yòu), depicts a right hand in relation to the mouth, suggesting the act of eating.

In Tantric Buddhism, the left hand represents wisdom.[citation needed]

In early Roman times, the left side retained a positive connotation, as the Augures proceeded from the eastern side.[17] The negative meaning was subsequently borrowed into Latin from Greek, and ever since in all Roman languages.

In Russian, "levsha" (lefty, lefthander) became a common noun for skilled craftsman, after the title character from "The Tale of Cross-eyed Lefty from Tula and the Steel Flea" written in 1881 by Nikolai Lesk


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