Saturday November 27, 2021

Reasons behind culture of kissing

Published : 16 Aug 2021, 21:58

  DF News Desk

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Less than half of all societies kiss with their lips, reported British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), quoting a study of 168 cultures from around the world.

William Jankowiak, a professor of anthropology at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, found that only 46% use lip-to-lip kissing in a romantic sense, excluding things like parent-child kissing or greetings, said the study.

Two theories for why humans have a need to kiss stem from the idea that as babies we have an innate liking for lip touching. In one case, it might be that we associate lip touching with breastfeeding, and that reflex is innate in everyone.

There is also a suggestion that mothers and their children bond over lip-on-lip kissing because of something called "premastication food transfer". The mothers of our ancient ancestors might have pre-chewed our food for us in our early years, and transferred it directly into our mouths. This is something that is seen in our closest ancestors – chimpanzees – as well as other great apes, the BBC added referring to the study.

Click BBC to read the detail original report.