Albanian hand salute quiz

Dogs are sensible and salute with their feet.

KLA graffiti in a Serb monastery.

KLA graffiti in a Serb monastery. Image:

I didn’t know this one, but suspected instantly that they were not doing a flying duck shadow play:

Lucky Switzerland. A few years back someone sent me these photos of 20th century Albanian salutes. Select a political affiliation for each and then check your results. Mass grave for each correct answer:







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[Originally posted elsewhere. I knew it would come back into fashion.]

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    1. Iliriana Koka
      May 4th 2005 17:25

      Hi there,

      I came across your Albanian salutes you have put up here: and I would like to point out that the ‘three fingers’ in picture number1 is an Orthodox Chrisitan sign and it is used in souther Albania. They are ythe fingers used to make the sign of the cross. Here’s some info:

      The sign of the cross

      The most common Catholic gesture is the sign of the cross. Latin (Western) Catholics make the sign of the cross by using their right hand to touch the forehead, then the middle of the breast, then the left shoulder, and finally the right shoulder. As they do this, they say, “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.” This one complete gesture makes a cross — an intersection of a vertical line from forehead to breast and a horizontal line from left to right shoulder.

      Byzantine Catholics make a similar sign of the cross but go to the right shoulder first and then to the left. Byzantine Catholics are former Eastern Orthodox Christians who split from Rome in 1054 and who came back into full communion in the 17th century by accepting the authority of the bishop of Rome as pope and head of the Church. They include the Ruthenian, Ukrainian, Greek , Melkite, Romanian, and Italo-Albanian Byzantine Churches. In addition to the Byzantine, Eastern Catholics also include Maronite, Coptic or Chaldean Catholic Churches, which are in union with Rome as well. Taken from:

      Therefore it is not the salute of Kosovo Lib Army.


    2. Iliriana Koka
      May 4th 2005 17:29

      P.S. The orthodox use three finger to make the sign of the cross. Here:

      I enjoyed the quiz by the way.

    3. Candide
      August 19th 2010 16:35

      Yup, Koka is right. No. 1 is not of the KLA, but no. 6 is. Funnily, no. 1 was used by Serbs, against who the KLA fought.

      That said, official response to no. 6 is not entirely wrong. The KLA revived an old communist salute.

    4. Trebots
      March 10th 2016 17:37

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