Let’s get pierced

How many piercings do you have? The term, piercing can be referred to as the

act or practice of making a hole in the skin for jewelry. This practice can be dated back to more than 5,000 years ago. Nose and ear piercings were found globally, yet lip and tongue piercing were originally traced back to African and American tribal cultures. Since then, piercings have grown more popular and an open variety. Egyptians and soldiers would get their nipples and belly buttons pierced when coming into manhood, this showed their strength and that they could take the pain.

When my family goes to my dad’s side, my aunts always ask me and my sisters why we get piercings, and why would we do that to our skin. Let’s be honest there are a lot of reasons why people get piercing.

One reason is religious or spiritual reasons. For example, people from India or Egypt show respect for their culture or past cultures. In the Indian/Hindu culture, many young girls have to get a nose piercing, which is also known as “The Nath” to maintain their cultural identity. In Hindu culture, piercings signify when girls start physically maturing, so that it shows they are ready for marriage. While Native¬†Americans do it to respect their tribe’s rituals or traditions.

Another reason for piercings is change. People get tired of their face or appearance so they want to spice it up. A piercing is a good way, to look more dangerous or cool. Piercings change the way you look and see yourself. My friend and I talk about it all the time. Sometimes you look in the mirror and say “I need a change” or “I’m tired of the way I look”. It makes you feel whole again.
Some people even get piercings for medical purposes. The piercings are called tragus and daith, the innermost cartilage fold. It is supposed to hit a pressure point that helps with migraines, even though it has not been scientifically proven. Egyptians even practiced it to help with digestion, eyesight, and even menstrual problems.
Last but not least people use piercings as a stress reliever. People often enjoy the pain that comes with piercings. When something is going wrong or they just want to come out of their shell. To try and branch out. Whatever reason you want to get a piercing to go for it because, in the end, it is always worth it!


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