Yell Yaa Hoo

Years before the Internet company Yahoo! came into existence, the Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh was urging use of the word as a more hygienic form of greeting: "When you come across a friend, raise your hands to the sky and scream 'Yaa Hoo' instead of employing the universal handshake."

The Molina Dispatch - Apr 1, 1988

Apparently Rajneesh believed that "Yaa-Hoo" was quite a powerful word, since he also had his followers use it in a ritualized laughter therapy:

The first part will be Yaa-Hoo!—for three hours, people simply laugh for no reason at all. And whenever their laughter starts dying they again say, "Yaa-Hoo!" and it will come back. Digging for three hours you will be surprised how many layers of dust have gathered upon your being. It will cut them like a sword, in one blow. For seven days continuously, three hours every day... you cannot conceive how much transformation can come to your being.

And then the second part is "Yaa-boo." The first part removes everything that hinders your laughter—all the inhibitions of past humanity, all the repressions. It cuts them away. It brings a new space within you, but still you have to go a few steps more to reach the temple of your being, because you have suppressed so much sadness, so much despair, so much anxiety, so many tears—they are all there, covering you can destroying your beauty, your grace, your joy.

     Posted By: Alex - Sat Feb 10, 2018
     Category: Hygiene | 1980s

Loud yelling would likely spread more germs into the surrounding air than might be transferred with a simple handshake. Neither action will result in the contraction of AIDS, though.
Posted by Fritz G on 02/10/18 at 08:21 AM
"Yahoo" doesn't create spit droplets like "Pepper spray". It's a perfectly harmless expression of joy and it allows you to greet the person from further apart, far from the other person's coughing range. There are already people greeting other people by raising their hands to the sky and shouting their name; the "yahoo" greeting simply allows you to do the same even when you don't know or don't remember the name of the person. It's way better than the usual greeting for women; one kiss on both cheek and groping.
Posted by Yudith on 02/10/18 at 08:57 AM
If Rajneesh's buddies are getting AIDS from shaking hands, they're doing it with way too much enthusiasm.
Posted by Virtual on 02/10/18 at 10:26 AM
Didn’t this guy end up going to prison?
Posted by Brian on 02/10/18 at 11:46 AM
I don't think he went to prison, but he was deported from the U.S. One of his lieutenants, Ma Anand Sheela, did go to prison for bioterror (infecting salad bars with salmonella in an attempt to throw an election, believe it or not).
Posted by ges on 02/10/18 at 08:53 PM

Children these days, couldn't read proper classic literature if you gave it them with their oats and molasses...

(As for Baghwan, self-styled *hack* *spit*Osho, the man was a serial rapist and a fraudster on a massive scale. But don't tell his latter-day fans that, they won't believe you.)
Posted by Richard Bos on 02/11/18 at 01:15 PM
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