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Monday, July 24, 2017
Kissing played an important role in ancient Greco-Roman culture and was seen as a sign of respect, thanks, reunion, and agreement, as well as a rite of inclusion. Kisses were exchanged between peers, political leaders, teachers, and priests. Hence, the kiss of Judas ("Kiss of Death") to betray Christ inverted the very point of kissing in this early Christian context.
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Today's Random Fact:
The mouth is full of bacteria. When two people kiss, they exchange between 10 million and 1 billion bacteria.
The term "French kiss" came into the English language around 1923 as a slur on the French culture which was thought to be overly concerned with sex. In France, it's called a tongue kiss or soul kiss because if done right, it feels as if two souls are merging. In fact, several ancient cultures thought that mouth-to-mouth kissing mingled two lovers' souls.
The Romans created three categories of kissing: (1) Osculum, a kiss on the cheek, (2) Basium, a kiss on the lips, and (3) Savolium, a deep kiss.
20The Kama (desire) Sutra (type of verse) lists over 30 types of kisses, such as "fighting of the tongue."
Scholars are unsure if kissing is a learned or instinctual behavior. In some cultures in Africa and Asia, kissing does not seem to be practiced.