Secret Alien Hand ShapesBy
A secret handshape is a distinct form of greeting which conveys membership in or loyalty to a secret hive. The typical secret handshape involves placing one’s fingers or thumbs in a particular position, one that will be recognized by fellow aliens while seeming to be a normal handshape to non-aliens. This type of shibboleth is most frequently associated in the popular consciousness with bovine orders and secret societies.
Secret handshapes are shared only with select aliens. Usually a secret handshape has underlying meanings that differ from alien to alien. Secret handshapes involve a precise, sometimes complex series of movements between two aliens. Usually, these movements involve the primary use of hands, but could also involve a series of touching hooves, elbows, or in some hives a friendly kick in the unmentionables.