I ran across a curious sentence today, in a Mesopotamian prayer to a personal god (the grammar looked better in verse format):
"Daily worship your god with offerings, prayers and appropriate incense. Bend your heart to your god; That befits the office of a personal god, prayers supplication, pressing (the hand to) the nose (as greeting) shall you offer up every morning, then your power will be great, and you will, through your god have enormous success.”
The above translation, taken from Treasures in the Darkness (and according to Google also given in Daily Life in Ancient Mesopotamia) makes casual reference to greeting by pressing the hand to the nose. Was this a custom in ancient Babylonia? And if so, do we know if it was common practice, or only recorded in formal or religious contexts?