Body piercing & Body piercing jewelry since ancient times.
History of Body Piercing
Evidence suggests that body piercing has been practiced by peoples all over the world from ancient times. Mummified bodies with piercings have been discovered, including the oldest mummified body discovered to date, that of Ötzi the Iceman, which was found in an Austrian glacier. This mummy had an ear ring 7-11 mm in diameter.
Nose piercing and ear piercing are mentioned in the Bible. In Genesis 24:22 Abraham's servant gave a nose ring and bracelets to Rebekah, wife of his son Isaac. Nose piercing has been common in India since the 16th century. Tongue piercing was popular with the elite of Aztec and Maya civilization, though it was taken out as part of a blood ritual and such piercings were not intended to be permanent. Ancient Mesoamericans worn body jewelry in their ears, noses, and lower lips, and such decorations continue to be popular among indigenous peoples in these regions.
However, in many cultures within the United States, it became a relative rarity from the 1920s until the 1960s. At that time, it regulated popularity among American women, and was historically adopted by men in the hippie and gay communities, and later the punk subculture, they used most body jewelry. By the 1980s, male ear piercing had become somewhat common in the United States, although men usually only pierced one of their ears. Today, single and multiple piercing of either or both ears is extremely common among Western women, and fairly common among men.
Body piercing is returning to the mainstream of modern Western cultures as attitudes and values change. Piercings that do not conform to cultural norms – for example, facial piercings or ear piercings for men – can still be considered inappropriate.
While some people consider body modification with Body Jewelry to be a sign of non-conformity, others deride body piercing as trendy. This can at times lead to prejudice or cognitive bias against those with piercings or visible signs of past piercings.