A LESSON IN FAN LANGUAGE
Foreplay with a flourished fan has been a part of Spain’s secret seduction arsenal for around 400 years.
Messages like, I love you, kiss me, I am married and follow me home now, can all be communicated with a quick flick of the wrist. How you open them, how you hold them and how you fan yourself tells all those around you what’s on your mind. Or not.
Popularity of the Eastern folding fan spread through Europe during the 16th Century; in the 17th and 18th centuries it was elevated to being THE must-have accessory and a social lubricant for hot stuffy ballrooms. It remains so today, even in more casual circumstances.
I was at a Spanish dinner party when a guest fanned between her thighs on a hot summer’s night exclaiming “Aaah, such heat!”.
Here, some tips on the Spanish secret language of fans – just in case you need to send a message to that person who has caught your eye across a crowded room.
*Hiding the eyes behind an open fan: “I love you”.
*Placing the fan behind the head: “Do not forget me”.
*Putting the fan handle to the lips: “I want to kiss you”.
*Fan in right hand in front of face: “Follow me”.
*Letting the fan rest on the right cheek: “Yes”.
*Opening and closing the fan several times: “You are so cruel”.
*Fanning slowly: “I am married”.
*Fan held over left ear: “I wish to get rid of you”.
*Drawing the fan through the hand: “I hate you!”.
Or you could just be hot, need to cool down and have nothing to say at all.
In Spain, everybody uses fans and keeps them tucked in pockets or bags. Men, women of all ages, flamenco dancers and high and low society.
Creating your own personal zephyr is just what you do to beat the heat. Cheap fans are for sale everywhere in tourist shops and on the street.
But remember choosing your fan says as much about you as the shoes you wear.
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