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* Being that the state is very socially and religiously conservative, it is wise to not make jokes about the predominant Christian religion practiced in the South, the Baptist denomination.  You may be asked by people whom you've only met once what religion you practice.  To most Mississippians, this isn't considered a personal question to ask another individual.  If you feel this is too personal of a question to respond to, you might reply that you are not comfortable discussing such a personal matter outside of your family and religious network.  You may also be asked to attend one's church, and if you are inclined to do so, men should be sure to wear a respectable, yet conservative, suit and tie, or a conservative dress for women.  You are not obligated to attend one's church if you do not feel comfortable doing so, but be sure to be very tactful when declining an invitation.
 
* Being that the state is very socially and religiously conservative, it is wise to not make jokes about the predominant Christian religion practiced in the South, the Baptist denomination.  You may be asked by people whom you've only met once what religion you practice.  To most Mississippians, this isn't considered a personal question to ask another individual.  If you feel this is too personal of a question to respond to, you might reply that you are not comfortable discussing such a personal matter outside of your family and religious network.  You may also be asked to attend one's church, and if you are inclined to do so, men should be sure to wear a respectable, yet conservative, suit and tie, or a conservative dress for women.  You are not obligated to attend one's church if you do not feel comfortable doing so, but be sure to be very tactful when declining an invitation.
  
* The state flag of Mississippi contains the Confederate battle flag in its upper left corner.  To many people this is an extremely emotional and sensitive image (on both sides of the political spectrum).  It is wise as an outsider of the state to avoid the discussion of the state flag (either positively or negatively) to avoid attracting unwanted attention.
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* The state flag of Mississippi contains the Confederate flag in its upper left corner.  To many people this is an extremely emotional and sensitive image (on both sides of the political spectrum).  It is wise as an outsider of the state to avoid the discussion of the state flag (either positively or negatively) to avoid attracting unwanted attention.
  
 
* As in other Southern States, when addressing people you have met for the first time (particularly those who are older than you) be sure to say either "Yes, sir / No, sir" or "Yes, ma'am / No, ma'am", in much the same manner that a soldier in the military would address a superior officer. Do not use first names until the other person uses yours, as it is considered rude to do as such without permission.
 
* As in other Southern States, when addressing people you have met for the first time (particularly those who are older than you) be sure to say either "Yes, sir / No, sir" or "Yes, ma'am / No, ma'am", in much the same manner that a soldier in the military would address a superior officer. Do not use first names until the other person uses yours, as it is considered rude to do as such without permission.

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