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Witches kissing the posterior of the Devil. From Guazzo's Compendium Maleficarum, 1608 edition. Courtesy Fortean Picture Library.


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The kiss that was usually associated with witchcraft was the so-called osculum infame, the "infamous kiss" or "kiss of shame." It was said that witches would kiss the buttocks of the officiating goat figure at the sabbats and, especially, at the initiation. The Compendium Maleficarum of R. P. Guaccius (1626), among other works, includes a woodcut showing witches giving this ritual kiss.

Lambert Danaeus, writing in 1575 (Dialogue of Witches), says, "Some of them fall down at his knees, some offer to him black burning candles, others kiss him on some part of his body where he appeareth visibly." Thomas Cooper (Mystery of Witchcraft, 1617) says, "In testimonial of this subjection, Satan offers his back parts to be kissed by his vassals." Jane Bosdeau, one of the witches at Puy-de-Dôme, France, said, "All the witches had candles. . . danced in a circle back to back. They kissed his backside and prayed that he would help them." Andro Man of Aberdeen, Scotland, said, "All they who convene with them kiss Christsonday and the Queen of Elfame's arse."

The "devil" figure was not only kissed on his posterior but also on other parts of the body, at his bidding. The buttocks, however, seem to have been the usual place. This was obviously a ritual obeisance of some sort. Some witches stated that in fact they were not kissing their leader's posterior but a second face that was there. There is certainly the possibility of a mask being worn there, perhaps relating to the old two-faced god Janus, or a similar deity.

Witches today do not kiss anyone's posterior, although there is still a kiss—in fact, a number of kisses—that play a part in rituals, especially those of initiation.

The traditional greeting between two Witches is a mouth-to-mouth kiss. In ritual, there are also the three-fold kiss, five-fold kiss, and eight-fold kiss. As the names indicate, they are on three, five, and eight parts of the body, in the form of a triangle, pentacle, and tentacle surmounted by a triangle. The ritual kiss is referred to as a Salute.

The three-fold kiss, or Kiss of the First Degree (where there is a degree system), is on the mouth, breast, breast, mouth. There are, therefore, actually four kisses involved but in the shape of a three-point triangle. Similarly, the five-fold kiss (Second Degree) is on genitals, foot, knee, other knee, other foot, genitals; the shape of a pentagram. The Third Degree eight-fold kiss is the two (three-fold and five-fold) combined.

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What does it mean when you dream about a kiss?

A kiss in a dream often signifies a romantic interest, as in the kiss that awakens Sleeping Beauty from a deep sleep. At the other extreme, a kiss can signify betrayal, as in the kiss of death with which Judas betrayed Jesus. Whether the dreamer is receiving the kiss or giving the kiss and the kind of feeling evoked by the kiss determine its meaning.

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means by which Judas identified Jesus. [N.T.: Matthew 26:48–50]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


In this dream you may be expressing feelings that are difficult to express during the day. Kissing is usually an indication of warmth, affection, and happiness. If you don’t receive enough love and affection in your daily life, then this could be a compensatory dream, where the dreamer is comforting himself. If you are kissing the object of your affection, the dream could be a form of wish fulfillment. Superstition-based interpretations say that if you are kissing strangers, you may have a need to conquer. If the kissing is insincere, you are pretentious, while if you see your partner kissing someone else, you may be afraid of infidelity.
Bedside Dream Dictionary by Silvana Amar Copyright © 2007 by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
References in classic literature ?
'A hundred kisses from the Princess,' said he, 'or each keeps his own.'
As soon as he came into the yard he walked very softly, and the ladies-in-waiting were so busy counting the kisses and seeing fair play that they never noticed the Emperor.
As soon as he had got into the court-yard, he moved very softly, and the ladies were so much engrossed with counting the kisses, that all might go on fairly, that they did not perceive the Emperor.
Not only do they look and sound like Kiss, but they act like them too - recreating all the between-song talk, and all the stage moves and mannerisms of each member.
Dunst was just 11-years-old and Pitt was 30 when the kiss happened.
? The world's longest kiss lasted for 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds.
Sino ma'am kay mag-uwi na ako (If I kiss somebody, it's lips to lips.
Three years ago, Prince Charles' wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, also greeted the Queen with a kiss on the cheek while at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
According to the actor, he was scared when he was directed to kiss Tonto Dikeh as he thought highly of her and only saw her on TV.
KathNiel shared their first onscreen kiss in 2016's 'Barcelona: A Love Untold,' five years after they were first paired in the teen series 'Growing Up.'
There was uproar when it was revealed that the original broadcast of last week's kiss didn't match up with the 'VAR' version shown on Sunday night's Aftersun.
(It's nothing)." Looking at the video, it looked more like President Duterte puckering his lips and enticing the woman to kiss him.