The Kiss

The New York Times has a piece that takes off from the infamous kisses which Richard Gere bestowed on the cheek of Shilpa Shetty on stage in India recently -- kisses which led to both of their effigies being burnt in demonstrations by Hindu fundamentalists (although it's clear from the video that Shetty is trying politely to avoid his intentions; at the end she said in Hindi, "This is a bit too much." I know this because we have been forced to watch the same clip again and again for days on the TV news.).

According to the article,
The earliest written record of humans’ kissing appears in Vedic Sanskrit texts — in India — from around 1500 B.C., where certain passages refer to lovers “setting mouth to mouth”

And it describes the Romans' classification of different kisses:
the “basium,” for the standard romantic kiss; the “osculum,” for the friendship kiss; and the “savium,” the most passionate kind, sometimes referred to as a French kiss.

What would we do without such grave issues to ponder?

1 comment:

b said...

likely we would still be in the vedic ages when apparently there were no issues at all.

hail hema
"out of proportion blow kiya hai"
:)