Kissing the hand, or particularly a ring on the hand was also a gesture of formal submission or pledge of allegiance of man to man, or as a diplomatic gesture. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Orthodox Christians kiss their priest's hands not only to honor their spiritual father confessor, but in veneration of the Body of Christ which the priest handles during the Divine Liturgy as he prepares Holy Communion. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Head shake Head bobble Nod. Occasionally, after kissing the hand, the greeter will draw the hand to his own forehead.
The hand-kiss is used quite prominently in The Godfather series, as a way to indicate the person who is the Don.
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Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. The gesture was common in the European upper class throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. It is also a common practice when writing a letter to a priest to begin with the words "Father Bless" rather than "Dear Father" and end the letter with the words "Kissing your right hand" rather than "Sincerely. This page was last edited on 19 Novemberat Today, the hand-kiss is sometimes used as a romantic gesture, usually in parting and usually initiated by a man. A nobleman kissing a lady's hand, by Pietro Longhi If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?