Kiss - Kiss As Ritual

Kiss As Ritual

  • Joan of Arc kissing the "Sword of Liberation;" painting by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1863

  • Kiss on the crucifix in Christianity

  • Denis Thatcher, husband of Margaret Thatcher, kissing the hand of Nancy Reagan wife of US President in 1988

  • Kissing the Blarney Stone

Throughout history, a kiss has been a ritual, formal, symbolic or social gesture indicating devotion, respect or greeting. It appears as a ritual or symbol of religious devotion. For example, in the case of kissing a temple floor, or a religious book or icon. Besides devotion, a kiss has also indicated subordination or, nowadays, respect.

In modern times the practice continues, as in the case of a bride and groom kissing at the conclusion of a wedding ceremony or national leaders kissing each other in greeting, and in many other situations.

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