Body piercing History

Ever since the primeval times, people belonging to diverse cultures have got body piercing for various reasons. The motivation behind getting en piercing har vært forskjellig for ulike individer. Mens noen får sine kroppsdeler pierca for samsvar med kulturelle normer, andre gjør det for å gjøre opprør mot det. Det er fortsatt andre som får en piercing utelukkende i den hensikt å selv pryd eller som en måte å uttrykke seg. To trace the time-line of this ancient practice, vi trenger å begynne fra den tidligste omtale av piercing funnet i de historiske opptegnelser.

I de gamle kulturene

Arkeologer har allerede oppdaget mumifiserte levningene av et menneske som går tilbake til mer enn 5000 år siden, som har piercing. Historians have also confirmed that the practice of body piercing was prevalent in the Egyptian culture. According to the cultural evidence unearthed till date, det antas at tidlige egypterne fikk piercing for å reflektere deres sosiale status, så vel som for selv pryd. Almost every Egyptian man and woman belonging to well to do families wore larger-gauge plugs in their ears. These were usually made of gold and had floral motifs on them. However, navle piercing var reservert kun for Farao og andre kongelige familiemedlemmer.

Even the Old Testament mentions body piercing jewelry that was considered to be a symbol of wealth and beauty by various tribes belonging to the biblical times. The Bedouin and nomadic tribes laid special emphasis on body jewelry that was also given as bridal gifts to newly wed couples. While piercing served the purpose of self adornment in most cultures, it was done for more practical reasons in the Roman Empire. Eksempelvis, Roman centurions got their nipple pierced to signify not only strength and virility but their unification with the rest of the countrymen.

Researchers have also found body piercing records pertaining to the ancient civilizations of Aztecs and Mayans. It has been found that Aztecs got their tongue pierced as a part of a spiritual ritual that was believed to bring them closer to their Gods. Being a warrior tribe, the men belonging to this tribe also got septum piercing and wore a huge boar tusk through their nose. Dette ble gjort i den hensikt å skremmende rivaliserende stamme medlemmer.

History of Nose Piercing

Nose piercing is the most ancient form of facial piercing that originated in the Middle East nearly 4,000 years ago and spread to the Indian subcontinent in the 16th century due to the Mughal reign. This form of piercing was done by women who believed that a jeweled nose ring or stud worn in the piercing enhanced their beauty. However, according to the ancient medical science of Ayurveda nose piercing had a more practical purpose.
The practitioners of Ayurveda believed that that left part of a woman’s nose is related to their reproductive system and wearing a nose ring or stud would alleviate the pain caused due to menstrual cramps and childbirth. Since the more affluent women wore a heavy nose ring that posed the risk of cutting through the piercing, these rings were latched on to an ornamental chain that was attached to the hair to support the weight of the ring.

History of Ear Lobe Piercing

Anthropologists across the world believe that ear lobe piercing was almost certainly the first attempt of man to do a body piercing. It is believed this form of piercing was done by primitive tribes for magical reasons as they believed that demonic spirits could take possession of a human body by entering it through the ears.

However, wearing a metal ornament in the ear piercing was supposed to drive away evil spirits. Christian sailors wore earrings made of expensive metals so that if they died at sea while fighting and their body washed ashore, their earring could be used to pay for their proper burial. Ear lobe piercing is popular among both men and women.

History of Tongue Piercing

As already mentioned, Aztecs and other Central American tribes got this piercing for spiritual reasons. Off late, this form of body piercing has become a rage among teenagers who feel that sporting a tongue bar intensifies sexual gratification.

History of Lip Piercing

Getting a lip piercing, also known as labret piercing was common in the ancient American tribes including Aztecs who wore serpent shaped labrets that were made of gold. A number of African tribes require their female members to wear lip plates or lip rings that are supposed to enhance their beauty.

History of Navel Piercing

Navel or belly button piercing is easily the latest form of body piercing that has become a fad among both men and women across the globe. It looks quite stunning on washboard abs

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