On cultivating a sense of humility while on the road

I’m finally getting around to reading (and absorbing) Rolf Potts‘ 2003 travel guide and reference Vagabonding. From Chapter 6 (Meet Your Neighbors) on the necessity of cultivating a sense of humility while on the road:

Indeed, if you think arrogant bureaucrats test your pride and patience and international borders, just keep i mind visotirs to the sixteenth-century East African court of Karanga, who were forced to approach the local monarch by rhythmically clapping their hands as they slithered on their stomachs through fresh cow dung.

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