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ID number:936332
Published: 26.10.2009.
Language: English
Level: Secondary school
Literature: n/a
References: Not used

Kissing is generally considered one of the strongest ways to show affection. A kiss is also used to show respect, it is used as a greeting or a farewell; kissing can be used to express romantic affection or sexual desire.
No one really knows how is all started. Anthropologists still debate whether kissing is a learned or instinctive behavior. Some scientists have theorized that it was originally inspired by mothers passing food to their babies with their mouths, and subsequently affection became associated with touching lips. However, others say if this was the case, mouth kissing would have gone on in all societies and eras, which it did not because there are some cultures that do not engage in kissing at all and for example, in African, Native American and Polynesian cultures, kissing was unknown until introduced by Europeans. Another theory is that kissing is a derivative of cavemen smelling the breath of their prospective cave women.
The first documented records of kissing date to Vedic Sanskrit texts of India in 1500 B.C. When Alexander the Great's army conquered parts of northern India in 326 B.C., they learned about kissing and spread the practice of swapping spit wherever they went — the Middle Eastern countries of Persia, Syria and Assyria, and then to Greece and Rome.

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