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    Probably the kiss it is one of the manifestations of affection that we share almost universally, it is practiced in 90% of cultures. Similarly, the concern to dominate "the art of knowing how to kiss" seems to be indelible with the passage of time, so much so that already in Kamasutra reference was made to different ways of kissing. We seem to subconsciously perceive the importance and impact that the first kiss, so we care about learning to kiss well.



    But ... let's take a look at some curious facts about the kiss:

    A brief history of the kiss

    The origins of the kiss have been lost in the mists of time. Some scholars argue that it derives from ancestral mothering practices in feeding children. That is, mothers used to chew food and then pass it from their mouth to that of the newborn so that it could digest it better, which is why kissing as an expression of affection was intended exclusively for babies. In the Middle Ages, the knight who kissed a lady was obliged to marry her. It took until the sixth century in Europe for the kiss to be confirmed as an expression of affection between adults.

    The kiss in different cultures

    Kissing as a greeting is different in every culture, in Japan it is not common to kiss and much less in public. Instead, in Middle Eastern cultures it is customary to greet each other with three kisses: one on each cheek and the last on the forehead. In many Latin American countries, people greet each other with a kiss, in Spain with two, one on each cheek, and in France with four. The Eskimos kiss each other by rubbing their nostrils while in New Zealand there is the so-called "butterfly kiss" where the subjects approach their eyes blinking and eyebrows like the flapping of a butterfly's wings. Nevertheless, the kiss, as it is known in the West, turns out to be repugnant to some cultures that do not practice it.

    The meanings of the kiss

    The psychological significance of the kiss is quite broad. A kiss can represent a simple affectionate greeting, erotic desire, or motherly love. It can also represent subordination and reverence, such is the case of the known kiss on the Pope's ring or the classic kiss of the hand of someone who belongs to a higher rank.Perhaps one of the best known meanings of the kiss is that of betrayal and condemnation. Just think of the "kiss of Judas", or we are reminded of the images of some films in which the judge kisses the condemned to sanction an indisputable sentence. Sleeping Beauty, through the kiss that causes awakening we can understand a whole historical era that represented the woman as a being without sexual desire, who had to be awakened by the man with a kiss, in fact. Kiss of the Frog it sends us a clear message about the beliefs in the power of spiritual transformation that the woman possessed over the spirit of man.

    Laterality of the kiss

    To avoid kissing the Eskimo by touching the nostrils, people have the habit of moving their face a little. In this regard, there seems to be a predetermined neurological tendency that causes people to move their faces to the right when kissing. Kissing doesn't seem to be an easy thing, in a passionate kiss up to 34 facial muscles are activated while a kiss. on the cheek it involves only 12. In fact, some people who have suffered from brain injuries have lost the ability to kiss.

    The longest kiss

    The longest kiss in the world, according to the newspaper El Mundo, took place in Vicenza, in northern Italy, on the romantic day of Valentine's Day in 2004; it lasted for 331 hours and 18 minutes.


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