While some countries in the west have taken to piercing as a modern and often rebellious trend, this is not something new in tribes all over the world and especially for the women in the Indian subcontinent. This is because many castes in India insist that the woman gets her nose pierced when she enters matrimony. If you want to know more about nose rings, you should read on to know more. It would also be a good idea to read up and update your knowledge of the best aftercare tips for nose piercing in order to avoid painful infections.
Have you ever wondered when you learn about the different types of piercings you should know about, how this concept came about. Did someone get up one fine morning, wondering why don’t I pierce my nose to see what happens? Or was there a thought process behind piercing? If you may have noticed that there is a lot of symbolic meaning attached to nose piercing in muslim countries, African culture and in India. The irony is while these countries view nose piercing as something that is part of their culture, the western world seems to view this is as an act of rebellion. But whatever it may entail, traditional nose piercing can make the face look better in most instances.
A look at the history of nose piercing: In India, the study of ancient vedas show us that while nose is supposed to mainly function as a breathing device and for olfactory purposes, there is more to the nose. The piercing of the nose especially in young women on the verge of matrimony is supposed to enhance their fertility. The hippie culture in the 1970s where the hippies visited India, could have seen the spreading of this practice to the western world.
In India, the ancients believed that piercing the place just above the tip of nose, enhances the sixth sense by focusing on the brainwave located just above the end of the nose. The nose is also supposed to represent the chastity of the bride and the honor of the family dictated that they should be the ones to get the nose pierced when they send off a daughter to her in-laws place. According to Ayurveda, the piercing of the nose, alleviated the menstrual problems of the woman, and heightened her sexuality in preparation for marriage. It is also known to reduce pain during childbirth.
In some castes in India, women get both sides of their nose and adorn it with studs made of one diamond on one side and one made of seven diamonds on the other, with both the studs set in gold. Some women who cannot afford it, may go with silver but other metals are normally not considered acceptable. The motifs can range from fishes, peacocks, flowers, birds, etc.
In South Africa, tribes like Berber and Beja showed off their family wealth by wearing bigger and bigger jewels on their piercings. But this does not apply only to nose piercing but also other parts.
In the west, however, the piercing of the nose would be more for adornment and may not follow the norms that are followed in the east or by African tribes. That is why you will see unconventional placement of nose piercings in the west when compared to the piercings of the east that seemed to follow a certain theme. This is because most people are inspired to try something new instead of bowing down to customs and conventions as they do in the Indian subcontinent and the African tribes.