The history of piercings

History - The piercing then and now

The piercing has a long tradition. In the following paragraph, we would like to explain where the piercings originate. What was the origin? As they have evolved to date? Targeted piercing of various skin and body parts such as lips and ears heard for millennia to traditional body jewelery of numerous ethnic groups and cultures. This is in addition to the decorative function mostly to the Demarcation from other tribes to spiritual rituals or the symbolic representation and celebration of a change in the maturity or social status. Most surface piercings, like the corset piercing or Madison Piercing, on the other hand provide a new release of the late 1990s. In Western culture the wearing of piercings has less ritual significance, rather it shows the membership of a particular youth culture or simply only the expression of a fad. Today the wearing of tunnels among young people, for example, widely used. In the so-called hipsters septum nose rings and plugs are as popular as beards or Nerdbrillen.

Piercings - Where do they come?

As Piercing applies piercing various parts of the body or the skin, to wear permanently for the purpose of there jewelry rods or rings or the like. Oldest evidence of such a body jewelry can even be dated back to 7,000 years. The word piercing comes from English and is piercing. The early piercings back to religious ceremonies, such as with the Mayas, where a pierced tongue as submission to the local gods was. In Chad and Papua New Guinea and even the Swiss Appenzell certain piercings were even connected with magical defenses. Especially lip and nose piercings were seen as protection against evil spirits and diseases. The Indios a piercing indicated comes from what family and communities from which the carrier and how old he is. Today a nose piercing in India indicates whether the wearer is married or single, depending on which side they bear the piercing. Ancient sculptures wearing piercings, were found in grave chambers in Peru, Mexico, the Pacific, Africa and Asia. Even the navel piercing is not an invention of our time, but was in ancient Egypt as a feature of the noble population. Even Intimpiercings men were already in the Victorian era, a known named after its famous carrier Prince Albert, as well as in Arab culture, where the Hafada was considered virility symbol. In some cultures, a piercing was engraved as an outward sign of inclusion in their family / clan. Others had it stand in the belief it protects from evil forces or bring speed, strength and courage. In other cultures, it was a sign of wealth or status symbol, while others showed so their subjection to the various deities, from this end, the cheeks were punctured, for example in India and Indonesia. Also known are the large statues of Easter Island, where one can clearly elongated earlobes, today expands to the earlobe also to wear tunnels and plugs. Without these ear plugs the result looks the same. As can be seen, almost all modern piercings were copied among primitive peoples or in previous periods.

Piercings in Western culture today

Whether the modern piercings, which are engraved today are actually spread in earlier centuries in Europe is controversial. Only the piercing of the earlobe, for we know earring had a proven widespread. Until the early 1970s, pierced ears were accepted in Western circles socially only in women. Engraved they were mostly from the jeweler or on their own. The only exception were carpenters. The new freedom in the 1960s brought especially, hippies to stab each ear or nose piercings. These they brought from their visits to India back into Western culture.

The gay community began in the 1970s to experiment with piercing and so long was seen an earring in the right ear lobe as a badge of gays. In the 1980s in California, the movement of the Modern Primitives emerged. This movement originated from the Sado Maso scene, while consciously customs of primitive peoples on the body to modify. These included mainly tattoos, piercings or scars (scarification), later branding. Here a piercing was an expression of protest and rebellion against the perceived as decadent society. However, it was also about painful piercing with the aim of mind and body to separate. Equally popular were Piercings in the fetish scene.

At the beginning of the 1990s the piercing was mainly limited to the punk scene, even here there was an expression of accusation and rejection towards society. The trend of the navel piercings was triggered after the actress Alicia Silverstone did sting a navel piercing in a music video of Aerosmith. The unusual at this time piercing made headlines and suddenly the navel piercing was much in demand. Mid-90s was the piercing to a phenomenon of youth culture increasingly and established itself in both punk and techno scene.

In the recent past, particularly plugs and tunnels on the ears are back in fashion. Here Organic piercing jewelry materials are often preferred so that the jewelry reminds back to its original Herkuft nature tribes. Even seemingly oriental nose rings are very popular. The piercings today mainly serve decorating the body, usually you have no religious, magical or status-importance.


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