I guess body piercing has different meaning when it is used for different terms. It can be religious symbol, traditional or just plain beauty symbol. Have you ever wondered how body piercing started in the first place? Well, body piercing is atleast 5000 years old and goes back to the time of the Egyptians where they reflected status and love of beauty. You might want to know that piercing is a form of expression that has been in practice for thousands of years. The earliest known piercing was first found on Egyptian mummified remains dating back 5000 years. As thousands of years passed by, a new era with new interest in body piercing started to take shape. Men became more conscious about fashion and wearing a earring became a fashion statement.
Men and women both discovered that nipple piercings was a delightful plaything in bed, adding sensitivity to the breasts and giving the men both visual and tactile stimulation. Men began getting pierced purely for pleasure as well. While not entirely mainstream, piercing of the nipples and, occasionally, the genitals, continued to hold interest for members of the upper crust of society in Europe on and off since a few hundred years.
In the last hundred years or so, body piercings in the Western world have mostly been limited to the ears, a standard hold-over from the fact that both men and women wore earrings during Elizabethan times. The Puritan movement did away with men wearing earrings, however, and it didn’t really regain popularity until recently.
Nose rings found new interest when young people (they were called hippies then) from the U.S. began traveling in India extensively looking for enlightenment in the 1960’s. They noticed the nostril rings that most women had been wearing there since the sixteenth century. In India, this was a form of traditional, accepted adornment and was often linked to an earring by a chain. For rebellious teens from America, it was a great form of rebellion.
After bringing nose piercings back to the U.S., the interest in body piercings of all kinds quickly caught on during the 1980’s and 1990’s. Celebrities, sports stars and singers all began sporting a variety of piercings. Soon, high school students and even stay-at-home moms were flashing new body piercings. And the rest, as they say, is history!