Posted by: Candace
Nose piercings have been in existence for over 4,000 years. Nose piercings are even mentioned in the Bible. Abraham's servant gave Rebekah a golden earring. The original Hebrew word used was Shanf which translates as nose-ring. Genesis 24: 22 (KJV): "And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking, that the man took a golden earring of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight of gold."
Nomadic Berber and Beja tribes of Africa, and the Bedouins of the Middle
East, still wear nose rings. The size of the ring is evidence of the family's wealth. It is given to the wife by the husband at the time of marriage.
The left side is the most common side to be pierced in India. It is said to be associated (Indian Medicine) with the female reproductive organs. The piercing is supposed to make childbirth easier and leesen period pain.
Nose piercings appeared in the west among hippies who had travelled to India in the late 1960's. In the late 1970's it was adopted by the punk movement as a symbol of rebellion. Today most conservative people, especially employers, deem nose piercings as unprofessional and not socially acceptable.
Ancient Aztecs, Mayas of Central America and the Haida, Kwakiutul, and
Tlinglit tribes of the American Northwest practised tongue piercing as a ritual. Blood was drawn from the tongue to satisfy the gods. The tongue was also pierced to create an altered state of conciousness, so the priest or shaman could communicate with the gods. These days the tongue is pierced as a style statement or used for pleasure during oral sex.
Ear piercings are probably the most common among Americans. The oldest mummified body in the world was said to be over 5,000 years old, had pierced ears. Ears were probably first pierced for magical reasons. Many primitive tribes believe that demons can enter into the body through the ear. They believe that metal repells the demons.