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According to an article from the Revista Virtual Universidad Católica del Norte, dedicated to the use of idioms in García Márquez's works, this is related to what the Bible says: that, on Judgment Day, God will put holy men by his right hand. Therefore, the left hand is the place for those who are abandoned by God for eternity. This is not a usual idiom; it ...


Despite requesting confirmation in the comments, I think I have it figured out. The RAE notes in its entry for izquierda a reference to an expression matrimonio de la mano izquierda in another entry which is as follows: matrimonio. ~ de la mano izquierda 1. (Porque en la ceremonia nupcial el esposo daba a la esposa la mano izquierda). m. El contraído ...

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