The Evolution of Nose Rings

May 15th, 2010

In Western cultures today, nose rings are most commonly found on girls in their teens or twenties.  This, however, was not always the case.  In Mayan, Aztec and American Indian cultures, nose rings were seen as a way to make the wearer look more ferocious to his enemies.  That’s right, HIS.  This piercing, like most other in those cultures were primarily worn by men.

Eventually, nose rings reached Indian cultures and became popular for expectant mothers.  The motivation for this gender change was that a left nostril piercing allegedly reduced pain during childbirth.  When peace-seeking American’s traveled to India in the 1960s, they picked up this trend for themselves.  Like the Indians, it became most popular in American women.

The nose ring eventually shifted from a sign of peaceful expression to a rebellious piercing for fans of punk rock music and lifestyles.  Today, the nostril piercing has become just another facial piercing and piece of body jewelry to decorate one’s body and express oneself.

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