One of the oldest references to a love letter dates to Indian mythology of more than 5000 years ago. Mentioned in the Bhagavatha Purana, book 10, chapter 52, it is addressed by princess Rukmini to king Krishna and carried to him by her Brahmin messenger Sunanda.
The love letter continued to flourish in the first half of the twentieth-century .
Before the development of widespread means of telecommunications, letters were one of the few ways for a distant couple to remain in contact, particularly in wartime. The strains on either end of such a relationship could intensify emotions and lead to letters going beyond simple communication to expressions of love, longing and desires. It is claimed that the very act of writing can trigger feelings of love in the writer. Secrecy, delays in transit, and the exigencies of maneuvers could further complicate the communication between two parties, whatever their degree of involvement. So precious could love letters be that even already read ones would even be brought into battle and read again for solace during a break in the action. Others would defer, compartmentalizing their feelings and leaving a letter folded away where it would cause no pain.
A love letter has no specific form. It can be lengthy, elaborate, and composed on scented stationary, or a few poignant words penciled on a scrap of paper or piece of bark.
After the end of a relationship, returning love letters to the sender or burning them can be a release to their recipient, or intended to hurt their author.
While scented stationary for love letters is commercially available, some women prefer to use their own perfume to trigger emotions specifically associated with the being with them.
Have you ever written a love letter? Now is a great time. The pandemic may have restricted our mobility. We are unable to travel to be with people who are dear to us. Nevertheless, the power of words can convey the same intensity of physical closeness which is not possible at the moment.
Take the time to express your appreciation, thankfulness, gratitude, and above all, love and affection.
Even animals make an effort to show their love.
- Sea otters hold hands
- Elephants use their trunks
- Orangutans kiss
- Chipmunks rub noses
- Horses nibble
- Kangaroos lick
- Prairie dogs sniff
- Cats hug
- Birds bill and coo
But, only humans, have the skill to write Love Letters.
- ^ http://www.srimadbhagavatam.org/canto10/chapter52.html
- ^ Renata Salecl, in T. McGowan/S. Kunkle, Lacan and Contemporary Film (2004) p. 31
- ^ John Masters, The Road Past Mandalay (London 1973) p. 164 and p. 238