Friday, 14 December 2012
Sepia Saturday 156
The Kiss, a much used title in the Arts, in poetry, in photography,
offering reality, but often staged
The Kiss is seen as the most sensitive of human acts
and also one of lust and carnality,
one of friendship and of peace
and also betrayal
At this time of the year, it has become confused in the mythology of Christmas and with kissing under Mistletoe [(Viscum album) of the order Santalales (a purely coincidental similarity to Santa)]
Whilst, kissing under the mistletoe recieved much publicity in the Victorian period with advances in reading and printing, it is much older. It was extremely popular in the 15th and 16th Centuries, but its origin go back much further. Many associate the origin with the Norse myths and the slaying Baldr the Beautiful.
In the Britain mistletoe has always been associated with Druids, who are believed to have held it in great esteem especially when it was found on sacred Oaks.
The oak is an infrequent host fot the mistletoe and where it occurred the mistletoe was believed to be endowed with extra magical powers. It was cut from the boughs of the tree with a golden sickle and let fall to be caught in in a hide or a blanket. If they failed to catch it and it fell to earth, it's powers would immediately be dissapated.