Cultural Norms

 

Bathing
>How often are people expected to bathe?
>What form does bathing take? (Shower, bath, rub-down, etc)
>Do people bathe alone, or is there communal bathing?

Eating
>How often do people eat?
>Is it just meals, or do people snack as well?
>Are there any universal mini-meals (like afternoon tea, for example) to tide people over before the next meal time?
>Food
>>Are foods named in a way that makes their ingredients obvious, or in a way that obscures the ingredients to make the food seem more appetizing? (Rocky mountain oysters, for example, are not oysters in any way, shape, or form, but sound far more appetizing than calling them bull testicles.)
>>Are ingredients of foods, particularly the non-plant ingredients, altered (so they aren’t recognizable) or are they left in a more intact form? (Serving a fish fillet as opposed to a whole fish, for example.)

Interpersonal relations
>How close do people stand when speaking to each other?
>Is touching other people while talking to them normal?
>Is holding hands with another normal?
>Is chaste kissing, either affectionate or as a greeting, common?
>How do people greet each other?
>Are displays of romantic affection normal?
>>Verbal or physical? (Verbal would be like declaring one’s love for another, while physical would be things like cuddling and caressing.)
>Are displays of lust normal?
>>Verbal or physical? (Verbal would be things like compliments to a persons body, while physical would be things like kissing passionately.)
>If the species is sexually dimorphic, does the sex of the persons involved change the answers to the previous questions?

Bodily functions in public spaces
>Is spitting considered normal, or is it rude?
>Is a person expected to leave the room before blowing their nose?
>Is belching or passing gas considered rude, offensive, gross, or normal?
>Is sleeping in public places frowned upon, thought of as strange, or normal?