From greetings to shows of love, signing papers (seal with a kiss) and wedding pronouncements, New Year’s parties and spiritual traditions, kissing has been element of numerous countries for the longest time. And few illustrated the significance of this affectionate work better as compared to Russians throughout their kissing rituals.
During the time of Ivan the Terrible, women had previously been kept inside, sheltered from interactions with strangers. The only exceptions permitted were with buddies and respected visitors within a kissing ceremony. This rite often designed that the host’s partner would sip wine from the goblet, bow, and then pass it to the visitor. The latter was invited to kiss the wife on the lips, which was considered to be a great honor on special occasions.
Konstantin Makovsky – The Kissing Ceremony (1895), oil on canvas | zoom in here
You can view exactly just exactly how this kind of intimate setup would have already been fertile ground for jealousies and infatuations. It’s no real surprise then this 1 of the very suspenseful scenes in Alexei Tolstoy’s 1862 novel Prince Serebrenni revolves surrounding this hospitality tradition, which in turn inspired Russian musician Konstantin Makovsky in masterfully depicting The Kissing Ceremony (during the Feast of Boyar Morozov). Continue reading “Nobody understands precisely how kissing came into being, whether it ended up being instinctive or learned behavior, yet its impact is hard to overstate.”