Whats 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 symbolise 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 long time.

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 misdemeanours 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 superfluous".

About The Author

 

Relationship articles

  1. A Gift From the Heart of a Friend

    She stares at me and then closes her eyes. A tinge of early dawn plays on her cheek as it peeks through the glass curtains by my desk. I grow warmer, waiting in silence for her first uncertain word and the gentle touch of her hand. She fidgets and ro... more to this article

    Article category: Relationship Information

  2. Never Ever Show Youre Jealous

    O.k., you're standing there all alone at a party and in the far corner of the room your boyfriend is talking to some groovy chick. She's coming onto him and much to your dismay, he doesn't seem to be bragging about all how happy he is in his relation... more to this article

    Article category: Relationship Information

  3. Soul Mate Myths

    But the cold truth is that most people have never known the inner radiance of their own soul. Instead, they cling to the many myths about the soul mate relationship that are simply not true. These false beliefs need to be understood. Here are just a ... more to this article

    Article category: Relationship Information

  4. Save Your Relationships (5 Easy Steps To A Winning Relationship)

    We all enter relationships hoping they will make us happy. Each person has a shopping list of hopes and expectations, secret demands he/she makes on their partners. When those hopes are fulfilled, they consider that they've won ? the relationship is ... more to this article

    Article category: Relationship Information

  5. Society?s Misconception of Soul Mates - Divine Source through Barbara Rose

    Society's current conception of the term "soul mate" is completely contrary to what the term really means. Imagine two gallons of water taken from the Atlantic Ocean. Both gallons consist of the same energy because they were both part of th... more to this article

    Article category: Relationship Information

Whats in a Kiss information

Article categories

Learning to Trust Again

Eleven o'clock on a weeknight I found myself phoning a man w...

Relationship Information

The Battle of the Sexes!

During my personal experiences with some of my relationships...

Relationship Information

10 Tips For A Happy Relationship

It's not working. Your relationship with your partner is not...

Relationship Information

Amaze Your Lover - 16 Romantic Ideas To Keep Them Happy

Some people have a natural ability to romance the oppposite ...

Relationship Information

If You Love Me

If you love me, you will keep my commandments?In the ...

Relationship Information

Walls Of Communication!

Matters of the heart are a true mystery to all involved. In ...

Relationship Information

A Look at Interracial Relationships

There's something about America, our history, our values or ...

Relationship Information

The Revenge Affair: Characteristics of the Adulterer

"I Want to Get Back at Him/Her" is one of 6 kinds of affairs...

Relationship Information

Add Trust To Your Relationship

Trust is something that is important to every single relatio...

Relationship Information

Want To Strengthen Your Relationship

Open your mouth. What do I mean? Talk ? say what's on your m...

Relationship Information

The 4 Stages of a Relationship

1. The Perfect Phase is the first three months. If this phas...

Relationship Information

Does Age Matter?

In the Asian online dating world it is not uncommon for a ol...

Relationship Information

Choosing an Online Dating Service

The problem with choosing a dating service is choice -- too ...

Relationship Information

Infidelity: Difference Between a Rage and Revenge Affair

The fifth affair I outline in my book, "Break Free From The ...

Relationship Information

Do Men Just Want Mommy?

Accomplished women are losers in romance claims NY Times col...

Relationship Information