It can be a sign of love, grief or respect worldwide. Kissing is a natural act that gives millions of people physical and psychological satisfaction, but where did it originate? Why does it make us feel good?
What percentage of people in the world kiss, according to anthropologists?
Anthropologists report that 90 percent of the people in the world kiss.
Which of the following animals supports the theory that kissing is instinctive?
Bonobo apes kiss one another frequently. They kiss to reduce tension after disputes, to reassure one another, to develop social bonds and sometimes for no clear reason at all. This supports the theory by some researchers that kissing is instinctive.
The Indian epic poem "Mahabharata" describes kissing on the lips as a sign of affection. The "Mahabharata" was passed down orally for several hundred years before being written down and standardized around A.D. 350.
kissing on the lips as a good way to become infected with a disease
How costly did a kiss become for one woman visiting a museum?
After kissing a painting by Jo Baer on display at an Oxford, England, museum, Ruth van Herpen was ordered to pay $1,260 in restoration costs to remove her lipstick mark. The kissing bandit struck in 1977, so we expect the restitution cost would be even higher today.