Types of Kiss

Types of Kiss

The Romans created three categories of kissing:
(1) Osculum, a kiss on the cheek.
(2) Basium, a kiss on the lips.
(3) Savolium, a deep kiss.

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First mention of kiss in writing

The Four Vedic Sanskrit texts (1500 B.C.) contain the the first mention of a kiss in writing.

30 types of kisses

The Kama (desire) Sutra (type of verse) lists over 30 types of kisses, such as "fighting of the tongue".

Muscle used in kissing

The most important muscle in kissing is the orbicularis oris, also known as the kissing muscle, which allows the lips to "pucker".
French kissing involves all 34 muscles in the face. A pucker kiss involves only two.

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