The different forms of kissing according to the cultures of the world

There are different ways to show affection to someone who is dear to you. In all the cultures of the world, however, a kiss is the ultimate sign of affection. 

Kissing on the mouth is not considered a universal sign of affection. In some cultures, a kiss on the mouth is a taboo. For others, it is considered an expression of love. So it is important to talk about 7 of the most famous kisses in the world.

1. THE “FRENCH KISS”

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A “French Kiss” is a classic kiss that has grown in popularity across the US and Europe through cinema. Today, the French kiss has been popularised in more than 168 countries. The kiss is very sensual, so it is often shared between lovers. Large quantities of saliva are exchanged during the kiss, which may create a health problem if either of the parties is sick. The French Kiss is also a sexual act as it allows partners to promote more intimate exchanges during their antics.

2. THE “ESQUIMAU” KISS

It is customary for Inuit to cover themselves completely to protect themselves from the cold. Their winter clothes are usually so heavy that we can hardly see beyond the tip of the nose. To show their affection, the Eskimos rub each the tips of their noses against each other instead of kissing on the mouth. You should know that the Eskimo kiss is practiced in Alaska, Canada, northern Russia, and among Māori (New Zealand). You can see this form of affection in a particular scene from the cartoon Peter Pan.

3. KISS IN AFRICA

Opinions on the kiss differ from one community to another in the African continent. In some African cultures, affection is often expressed as a kiss on the forehead or on the hand. In other cultures, the kiss is viewed with disgust; this is the case in Tonga of Mozambique. The people of Guinea do not kiss at all!

4. KISSING “TO RUSSIA”

Kissing in Russia usually involves a person of the same sex. It confirms a fraternal bond, so it is not a reserve for lovers. However, the Russian kiss has gradually disappeared from modern Russian culture. In fact, the government thinks this form of embrace encourages homosexuality. However, before, the heads of state embarked on the Russian kiss to witness a peace agreement.

5. THE BALINAIS KISS

The Balinese kiss is based on the sense of smell. Lovers will stick their nose on the skin of the face to feel the smell and heat. Intimacy is therefore created by the olfactory attraction of the Balinese. However, the day after each new Hindu year, the kiss on the mouth is put forward. In this practice, two groups are formed, a group of girls and a boy group. These groups come together and share a kiss on the mouth in public.

6. KISSING PAPOUS

It is in New Guinea that we find the Papuans, the indigenous people of the country. The hug among this people is very special and is called “Mitataku”. The act does not involve the classic kisses that we all know. On the contrary, a lover will cut his partner’s lashes with his teeth during a “Mitataku”.

7. NO KISS IN INDIA OR CHINA

As you have seen in Bollywood movies, actors engage in dance to demonstrate different emotions. And surprisingly, there are almost no scenes of kissing. To tell the truth, kissing on the mouth is simply taboo in India. It’s the same for the Chinese. So, if you go to India or China, avoid kissing on the mouth in public. A kiss on the mouth is vulgarity in both cultures.

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