Kneeling is a type of position in which one or both knees are in direct contact with the ground. Though similar to squatting in that both positions bring the individual closer to the ground by bending the legs, kneeling uses the knees to support the body whereas the knees do not provide this level of support, nor do they come into contact with the ground while squatting. There are a variety of reasons that might cause someone to kneel, such as kneeling to rest, as an expression of reverence or submission, during sexual intercourse, and even during childbirth. Many other animals can kneel as well, such as horses, elephants, and other four-legged mammals.
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