Sunday, October 5, 2008

Is primate behaviour primitive? cont.

Kissing is fashionable. Lip kissing as opposed to air or cheek kissing. If we were all Madonna that would be just fine.

But we aren't. Why not adopt the hongi, or Maori nose rub instead?

from SMH... Australian body language expert Allan Pease has been lip-kissed by a stranger twice in recent weeks.

"I don't know where it started but it's certainly catching on. It's big in Britain and it's filtering through here too," Pease said.

Pease, who wrote The Definitive Book Of Body Language with his wife Barbara, said: "We're definitely becoming more comfortable with our sexuality. While the origin of human mouth kissing was for force feeding your babies - whereby the mother would masticate her food and put it into her baby's mouth with her tongue - the primary purpose these days of kissing on the lips is to stimulate the genitals. Lip kissers might deny it, but it has to be sexual."

That gets into an interesting debate about life giving origins of kissing and the number of cultures globally who use other forms... like the hongi. Note that the sort of kissing discussed here is the 'french kiss'. Hopefully, more informed discussion will follow while I garden today.

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