My mambo taught me a great lesson which I have taken on board in recent years – the act of saying nothing!
In Haitian Vodou they shun people as a way of expressing they don’t wish to interact with said people, due to not willing to mingle for reasons such as lack of integrity etc.
So in fact it’s a way of “keeping silent”.
Silence here is used as a way to disconnect and I have seen many masters and seekers employ this technique successfully.
(C) T. Georgitsis 2016