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It is said by some that there is no fixed time or order between the
embrace, the kiss, and the pressing or scratching with the nails or
fingers, but that all these things should be done generally before
sexual union takes place, while striking and making the various sounds
generally takes place at the time of the union. Vatsyayana, however,
thinks that anything may take place at any time, for love does not care
for time or order.
On the occasion of the first congress, kissing and the other things
mentioned above should be done moderately, they should not be continued
for a long time, and should be done alternately. On subsequent
occasions, however, the reverse of all this may take place, and
moderation will not be necessary, they may continue for a long time, and
for the purpose of kindling love, they may be all done at the same time.
The following are the places for kissing, viz., the forehead, the eyes,
the cheeks, the throat, the bosom, the breasts, the lips, and the
interior of the mouth. Moreover, the people of the Lat country kiss also
on the following places, viz., the joints of the thighs, the arms, and
the navel. But Vatsyayana thinks that though kissing is practised by
these people in the above places on account of the intensity of their
love, and the customs of their country, it is not fit to be practised by
Now in a case of a young girl there are three sort of kisses, viz.:
The nominal kiss.
The throbbing kiss.
The touching kiss.
(1). When a girl only touches the mouth of her lover with her own, but
does not herself do anything, it is called the "nominal kiss."
(2). When a girl, setting aside her bashfulness a little, wishes to
touch the lip that is pressed into her mouth, and with that object
moves her lower lip, but not the upper one, it is called the "throbbing
(3). When a girl touches her lover's lip with her tongue, and having
shut her eyes, places her hands on those of her lover, it is called the
Other authors describe four other kinds of kisses, viz.:
The straight kiss.
The bent kiss.
The turned kiss.
The pressed kiss.
(1). When the lips of two lovers are brought into direct contact with
each other, it is called a "straight kiss."
(2). When the heads of two lovers are bent towards each other, and when
so bent kissing takes place, it is called a "bent kiss."
(3). When one of them turns up the face of the other by holding the head
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