7 interesting facts about the history of kissing which are derived from statistical studies, it is clear that people remember up to eighty-five to ninety percent of even the smallest details at which their first kiss took place. But oddly enough, two to three times less details remain in the memory of the loss of virginity, the birth of the first child, or the death and funeral of parents.
1. Today, there are three theories of the origin of such an action as a kiss.
According to the first theory, motherhood is the root cause of the kiss. When the child was separated from the mother's breast, and he still could not bite and chew hard and hard food on his own, none other than his mother did it for him, turning the food in this way into a liquid porridge, and then passing it on to her child from mouth to mouth, so to tell. Later, this action began to play the role of a nipple (pacifier): in order to simultaneously calm and deceive the baby, the mother touched her baby's lips with her mouth, trying to imitate the feeding process. As a result, touching other lips with the lips has the meaning of affection and tenderness.
The second theory is not guided by the romance of urge and sees in the kiss as a usual imitation of animals. Take, for example, birds that touch individuals of the opposite sex with their beaks. This happens during mating dances. By the way, this is where the expression "have mercy like doves" came from. Another example of imitation is the "kissing fish" called gourami. In fact, in these fish, this is not at all a manifestation of tender feelings, and in this way the males are fighting for females and territory. Surprisingly, they do nothing more than compete in the size of the mouth: whoever has it less, he shamefully leaves the "battlefield".
According to the third theory, it is assumed that among our distant ancestors, kissing implied peaceful intentions: instead of an evil teeth grin, ready to grab the enemy's throat like an animal, a touch of lips stretched forward - with a "tube" or "bow".
2. All three of these theories, which are quite convincing and have a share of common sense, are shattered into one phenomenon unexplained by science - the behavior of monkeys. More precisely, chimpanzees. These distant relatives of ours are very touching, just like people, the one they love to hug by the neck and touch their lips. Surprisingly, no zoopsychologist can explain where such an extraordinary manifestation of tenderness originates.
3. In human history, the first written mention of the kiss comes from Persian inscriptions, which are about four thousand years old. Herodotus also mentions the kiss in the 5th century BC and also in connection with the Persians. In fact, this is not quite the kiss that we mean. "Among the Persians, " writes Herodotus, "men of equal social status kiss each other on the mouth when they meet, and on the cheek - unequal."
4. The desire to kiss reached its climax among the ancient Romans. Everybody kissed there: women, men, relatives, children, even acquaintances and barely acquaintances. There were no barriers to kissing, so they kissed wherever possible: at home, on the streets and in any other public places. To make kissing more pleasant, the Romans smeared their lips with a special lipstick with a pleasant aroma. Soon it began to take on the character of madness, and something had to be done. Therefore, Emperor Tiberius reduced this kissing epidemic by a special decree to an acceptable size.
5. In ancient traditions, the terrible epidemics of smallpox and plague in Europe, which claimed almost half of the lives inhabiting the continent, made their own adjustments. Completely new forms of etiquette appeared during the Renaissance. So, for example, at first there was a deep bow with the waving of the hat in front of him, and later this developed into a slight bow and a barely noticeable touch on the hat. There was also a kiss of a woman's hand covered with a satin glove. Later, there is a slight squeeze and tilt over the hand of the head. The male half of the population had a handshake gesture when meeting and saying goodbye. And finally, after all this, there was a long-awaited "kiss".
6. A film entitled The Kiss was shown in New York in 1896. The reaction to it was like a twelve-point hurricane. Here is what the famous New York Times wrote after this event: “This disgusting sight, enlarged to Gargantua's proportions, causes absolutely nothing but a feeling of nausea. All that is required is the immediate intervention of the police. "
7. In Hollywood in the thirties, an iron rule was established: the duration of a kiss should not be more than three seconds, and the kissing couple should stand firmly on the ground (no hanging on the neck, frivolous curling of the legs, and even more so, no talk of sex in bed). Clark Gable and Cary Grant only showed kisses on the screen very soon. and, naturally, all the other actors began to imitate them.
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