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Not falling on hands for Tachnun

How come Sepharadim do not "fall on their faces" during Tachanun as Ashkenazim do, if the prayer is called "nefilat apa'im" (literally the falling of the faces)?

The Shulchan Aruch seems to hold of the practice of literally putting one's face down in O"C 131:1

merged by msh210 Aug 15 '12 at 6:54

This question was merged with Not falling on hands for Tachnun because it is an exact duplicate of that question.