Nostril piercing

Nostril piercing is a body piercing practice often associated with India. In India the outside of the left nostril is the preferred position of the piercing as this is supposed to make childbirth easier. This is because Ayurvedic medicine associates this location with the female reproductive organs.Nostril piercing was first performed in the Middle East about 4,000 years ago. A nose ring was one of the gifts given to Rebekah, according to Genesis 24:47. From there the practice spread to India and parts of Asia. In India piercings were regarded as a mark of beauty and social standing as well as a Hindu’s honor to the god Parvathi the goddess of marriage in the 16th century. Nose piercing is still popular in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. It also remains popular in Middle Eastern and Arab [Not Egyptian] countries. Pakistani people do this with a small diamond only, not a small hoop. Nostril piercing has in recent decades become popular amongst the industrialised nations, as have other forms of body piercing. Piercing was introduced by the hippie culture in the 1960s and 70s.

Afterwards punks and subsequent youth cultures in the ’80s and ’90s adopted this sort of piercing. Celebrities such as Frank Iero, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, S-Endz, Dani Filth, Sinéad O’Connor, Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Lisa Bonet, Teena Marie, Nicole Richie, Kelly Clarkson, Joss Stone, Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Lenny Kravitz, James Hull, Pete Burns, Tupac Shakur and Travis McCoy have had their nostrils pierced. Today, nostril piercing is popular in the U.S., UK, Canada, the Caribbean, Australia and Italy, with piercings being performed on either the left or right nostril. Both men and women have nostril piercings, although they are much more common among women. Some people have multiple nostril piercings, in either or both nostrils.

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