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The Kiss

Updated on November 27, 2011

The History of the Kiss

 If you are looking for information on the Rock band you have come to the wrong place.  This is the history of the kiss  defined by "To touch or caress with the lips as an expression of affection, greeting, respect, or amorousness"  The earliest documentation of the kiss was found writen in Sanskrit in 1500 BC.  An Epic poem "Mahabharata" was passed down orally for years and mentioned kissing as a sign of affection.  In 350 AD the "Kama Sutra" described different types of kisses..

In the Western world the kiss wasn't mentioned until  the Roman Empire.  From the Western World many of our kissing traditions began.  The Romans used to kiss passionately in fornt of a group of people indicating that they were now married.  This is where the tradtion of kissing at the end of a Wedding began.

The Christian Church started the traditon of the "Holy Kiss"  This was to indicate thattwo peoples spirits to transfer.  The Holy Kiss was adopted by the Catholic Church in the 13th century.   The idea of kissing religious artifacts ( such as Pope's ring ) also came form this time period.

Kissing releases Happy chemicals to the brain

Oxytocin, which helps people develop feelings of attachment, devotion and affection for one another Dopamine, which plays a role in the brain's processing of emotions, pleasure and pain Serotonin, which affects a person's mood and feelings Adrenaline, which increases heart rate and plays a role in your body's fight-or-flight response

Is a Kiss Just a kiss?

 A whole lot of work goes into a kiss without us even realizing it.  Your Lips tongue are sending messages to your Brain.  The messages order your body to produce Oxytocin, Dopamine,and Serotonin and Adrenaline.  Also Endorphins are produced as a result of a kiss.  More oxygen is produced as a result of s kiss.

There are several muscles you use to kiss.The Zygomaticus major moves your lips around.  The Depressor labii inferioris and depressor anguli oris pull the corners of your mouth and your lower lip downward. And if you use your tongue  you use your genioglossus, styloglossus, palatoglossus and hyoglossus -

Women still remember the first Kiss after men have forgotten the last

Famous Kisses

When we think of a kiss in the movies we think of Casablanca, Spider-man, and the Madonna kiss. I have included a video below of first kisses that was together nicely. I don't think any of the above mentioned kisses are in this one.

There is a difference in A first Kiss and THE first Kiss. THE first kiss is the first one you h ave ever experienced. It is often not the one for the record books as it is awkward and nerve racking. No doubt you are concentration more on the mechanics of it rather than letting your self go. A first kiss is the one you firs share with your special someone. It is often more memorable and a fond memory!

Kisses can be sensual and they can be sweet.  They can be sloppy and they can be french.  Kisses condone friendship or invite intimacy

A kiss can be a question mark a period or an excalmation point

Some Kissing Facts:


Did you know the average person spends two weeks of their lifetime kissing ( is that all?  We should be kissing more !)  You can burn 26 calories kissing (With all those muscles involved no wonder!)  The Scientific name for kissing is philematology.  

In some parts of the world it is illegal to kiss.  In Cedar Rapids Iowa it is illegal to kiss a stranger ( rough town!)

Kissing Milestones

The longest Kiss was for 29 hours by contestants in the "Breath Savers Longest Kiss Challenge" in New York on March 24, 1998.

Most kisses in a single movie - 127 in the movie "Don Juan" (1927). Mary Astor and Estelle Taylor got all of those kisses from John Barrymore.

Longest movie kiss - 3 minutes and 5 seconds between Jane Wyman and Regis Tommey in, "You're in the Army Now" (1941).


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      C. C. Riter 8 years ago

      Ahhhh, I love kisssing. The look in her eye, the , well you know. I love it. nice hub.

      2 weeks huh? damn