Danish researchers Troels Bank Arboline from the University of Copenhagen and Sophie Lund Rasmussen from Aalborg University made a discovery that changes the history of French kissing. They recently found clay tablets with texts and images about kissing couples.
These clay tablets come from Mesopotamia (now Iraq) in the Middle East and are about 4,500 years old. The words are written in cuneiform and tell us that kissing is something that only people who were married to each other did. But French kissing was also seen as something that an unmarried person would do when they were in love. So it was already seen as part of sexual desires.
According to the scholars, these clay tablets also show that kissing is not something that one culture did in one place.
The search results are now published in Scientific Journal Sciences. The researchers emphasize that this discovery is not only interesting from a socio-historical point of view: at that time, love was not only expressed through a French kiss, but also diseases and viruses spread (unintentionally), such as the herpes virus (cold sore) and Epstein parvius, which causes mononucleosis.
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