See also:act of homage or worship, which, among the Romans, was performed by raising the
See also:hand to the mouth, kissing it and then waving it in the direction of the adored
See also:object . The devotee had his
See also:head covered, and after the act turned himself
See also:round from
See also:left to right . Sometimes he kissed the feet or knees of the images of the gods themselves, and Saturn and Hercules were adored with the head
See also:bare . By a natural transition the homage, at first paid to divine beings alone, came to be paid to monarchs . Thus the Greek and
See also:Roman emperors were adored by bowing or kneeling, laying hold of the imperial robe, and presently withdrawing the hand and pressing it to the lips, or by putting the royal robe itself to the lips . In Eastern countries adoration has ever been performed in an attitude still more lowly . The Persian method, introduced by Cyrus, was to
See also:bend the
See also:knee and fall on the
See also:face at the
See also:prince's feet, striking the
See also:earth with the forehead and kissing the ground . This striking of the earth with the forehead, usually a fixed number of times, is the
See also:form of adoration usually paid to Eastern potentates to-
See also:day . The Jews kissed in homage . Thus in 1
See also:Kings xix . 18,
See also:God is made to say, " Yet I have left me seven thousand in
See also:Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto
See also:Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him." And in Psalms ii . 12, "
See also:Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way." (See also
See also:Hosea xiii .
2.) InEngland the ceremony of kissing the
See also:sovereign's hand, and some other acts which are performed kneeling, may be described as forms of adoration . Adoration is applied in the Roman
See also:Church to the ceremony of kissing the
See also:foot, a
See also:custom which is said to have been introduced by the popes following the example of the emperor
See also:Diocletian . The toe of the famous statue of the apostle in St
See also:Peter's, Rome, shows marked
See also:wear caused by the kisses of pilgrims . In the Roman Church a distinction is made between Latria, a worship due to God alone, and Dulia or Hyperdulia, the adoration paid to the Virgin,
See also:saints, martyrs, crucifixes, &c .
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