What's in a Kiss
Just think of being in front of a warm
cracking with you partner in your hands, with a kiss and a cuddle. But
have you ever thought about why people kiss? It could be a greeting or a
sign of affection, but we all kiss.
Origin of the kiss
The strangest theory on the history of
the kiss that I have heard finds its roots in the age of the cave man.
It is thought that in primitive times that a mother pre-chewed the food
for her baby and transferred it 'in a kiss'. Although this could never
be proved, it would explain why the kiss is a sign of affection, between
mother and child and latter, adults.
Another theory that I found was that
the kiss was reflected in the Ziller Valley of Central Europe, where the
exchange of pre-chewed tobacco between a male and a female was common.
The young man would let a tip of the piece of tobacco, or spruce resin,
etc rest between his closed teeth and invite the girl to grasp it with
her teeth -- which of course obliged her to press her mouth firmly on
that of the young man -- and pull it out. If a girl accepted the wad of
pre-chewed tobacco, it meant she returned the boy's love.
The third theory that I found was from
a religious or sacred origin. There have been examples from around the
world as early as 2000 BC, that show that people could have brought
their faces together to symbolize spiritual union. Even in the culture
of Indians, it was believed that the exhaled breath was part of the
soul, and by two people bringing their mouths together, showed the
joining of their souls. (Another variation on this believed that kissing
evolved from the smelling of a companion's face as an act of greeting. )
Kiss through history
Even without fully knowing where the
kiss came from, it is well known that the kiss has been with us for a
In the sixth century in France, dancing
was one way to display affection, but every dance was ended in a kiss.
Apparently, Russia was the first to
incorporate the kiss into the marriage ceremony, where a promise was
sealed with a kiss.
The Romans kissed to greet each other.
On Roman emperor showed a persons importance, by what part of his body
they were allowed to kiss, from the cheek to the foot.
In 16th century England, the
clove-studded apple originated. An apple was prepared by piercing it
with as many cloves as the fruit could hold and then a maid then carried
the apple through the fair till she spied a lad she thought worth
kissing. She would offer him the apple, and once he'd selected and
chewed one of the cloves, they would share a kiss. After that, the apple
passed into the man's possession, and he would venture off in search of
another lass to continue the game with.
At one stage it was even thought that
people found kissing pleasurable because when the two lips met during
kissing, an electric current was generated.
A kiss is a kiss
Now days, kisses range from small pecks
on the cheeks as a greeting, to an the use of the lips and tongue as a
sign of passion. It is that action that when two people embrace, causes
hormones are released into the blood stream, inducing a sense of
euphoria that you feed in the sweetness of your lovers mouth.
It's a kiss that brings every fibre of
your being alive, turns your stomach over, sends Goosebumps up your
spine. It's a kiss that forgives your misdemeanors and smiles at your
mistakes. Ingrid Bergman puts it together in that "a kiss is a
lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become
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