In a short story I am reading, demons are "bowing reversely" (in the presence of the Devil himself). What does it mean?

Bowing reversely, Gorson, Goap, Zimimar and Amaimon, lords of the four quarters, went out one after one, leaving their prince alone.

  • Can you provide the quote with some context?
    – StephenS
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  • @StephenS Done, but there is nothing else than that.
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This is a very odd expression, but I would take it as meaning they bowed while walking backward out of the room.

I’m not sure how widespread it is/was, but in some cultures, it is/was considered rude to turn your back on the monarch. So, people would have to walk backward to leave a room if the monarch was there. Protocol also required bowing to the monarch before speaking and after being dismissed, usually just once, but some could take that a little further to require it while walking in and out.

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