In the eposiode 5, the Mandalorian communicates with two Tusken Raiders using sign language.

In the Star Wars universe, what sign language is he using? Is it a special sign language to Tusken Raiders, or a language commonly used on Tattooine, and in such case how did he know it?

Maybe there is a common sign language for communicating with droids or other Star Wars races that cannot speak?

Or perhaps is he improvising?

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As mentioned by @Valorum, Galactic Sign Language is a universally common form of communication. It's likely that the Mandalorian was communicating using that.
Tuskens presumably are familiar with this because they were known to adopt orphans they found (much like the Mandalorians.) While the "native" Tuskens didn't speak Galactic Common, their adopted members probably did and were able to teach them the sign language.

(I can't directly cite any of this as I don't have the game or book with me, but most of this comes from Secrets of Tatooine and the Galactic Phrase Book.)

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    I posted it as a comment because I didn't think there was sufficient resemblance (or proof) to post it as an answer. – Valorum Mar 22 at 22:30
  • he said "maybe". – vikingsteve Mar 23 at 14:35
  • @vikingsteve The point here is that this is Stack Exchange is a Q&A site that seeks verifiable support for answers, not opinions. What we have here is a theory, not an answer, regardless of how plausible. That's why Valorum didn't answer; he just provided a possible lead for somebody who might want to do the research required. – T.J.L. Mar 23 at 18:25
  • Exactly. So I dont see why this is a good answer, given there is no supporting information that I can verify – vikingsteve Mar 23 at 20:02

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