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About Deaf Culture

WHAT IS CULTURE?

Culture is characteristics of a particular group of people defined by language, religion or social habits.

DEAF CULTURE

Deaf Culture has a special way of communication through the use of sign language which is silent, not voiced like spoken language. Please read below for some examples of things that differ:

LANGUAGE

Our value country's Sign language is our Heart Language. Sign language is Beautiful and creative. Its full and complete language some of our countries, and Deaf school systems recognize the value of sign language, some don’t in sign language, We can have complete and deep conversation, we can discuss Politics, Religion, War, Peace emotion, History, Culture and everything

The Spoken/written Language of our countries are usually second language to us. We try to develop some basic functional ability in them, but historically Deaf school have not known how to teach us, effectively. Our sign language is of much higher value to us than our country spoken/ written language.

LIP READING

In order for the Deaf to understand and capture lip reading, one must speak slowly and ensure one is looking direct into the deaf person's eyes. It is not the best way to communicate with a deaf person so sign language is highly recommended to ensure the message is clearly passed to a specific person.

BEHAVIOURS

You might thing we are different compared to a hearing group of people. There are specific examples that make us look different, especially those people who were born deaf.

You might find that the walking style is different as they drag their shoes, hence some produce noise while walking. Also chewing may also be the second behaviour. It's very hard for a deaf person to control the movement of the mouth without making noise.

Those are basic common behaviours that you may find in a large percentage of deaf people.

WORSHIP

It's really interesting to write about worship - how wonderful it is to worship the living God! We are glad that we have pastors and evangelists who can effective use sign language to preach as well as have choirs who can also praise and worship using sign language.

Pastors or evangelist are supposed to stand in front of everyone to ensure that his/her signs are clear to everyone listening. Indeed it is amazing. Sometimes during fellowship we sit in a circle as this gives everyone an opportunity to share his/her own view or to explain his/her understanding according to the specified text.