I woke up a few mornings ago with the urge to have my nose pierced, so I decided to do some research. Nose piercing is spoken of in the bible...most notably in the Proverbs 11:22 saying,
" Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion."
Of course this speaks of a pig's snout being pierced versus a human's nose, but the context in which it is used is applicable to LIFE, especially for Women...take heed. Nose rings are also noted as gifts Abraham gave his daughter-in-law(s). Either way, it's always attributed as being a beautiful thing. Below, you'll find some history of Nose piercing that I found...I'll be back to give my conclusions soon! lol
The nose is the face's most prominent feature; as Leonardo Da Vinci said, it sets the character for the whole face.
It's no surprise then that a nose piercing can positively accentuate one's face, making nostril piercings in particular a very attractive type of piercing on many people.
The history of nose piercing dates back to ancient times; it was first recorded in the Middle East approximately 4,000 years ago. It's also mentioned in The Bible in Genesis 24:22, where it's recorded that Abraham asked his oldest servant to find a wife for his son, Isaac. The servant found Rebekah, and one of the gifts he gave her was a "golden earring". The original Hebrew word used was Shanf, which translates to "nose ring".
The practice of nose piercing is still followed among the nomadic Berber and Beja tribes of Africa and the Bedouins of the Middle East. The size of the ring gifted denotes a family's wealth. It's given by a husband to his wife when they marry, and it represents financial security for her in the event that she and her husband are divorced.
In the 16th century, nose piercing was brought to India from the Middle East by the Mughal emperors. In India, a stud (called a "Phul") or a ring (i.e. "Nath") is usually worn in the left nostril, although both nostrils are pierced in some areas. The reason the left nostril is more commonly pierced is due to that spot being associated with female reproductive organs in Ayurveda (i.e. Indian medicine); the piercing is supposed to make childbirth easier and lessen period pain. An Indian woman's nose piercing is sometimes joined to her ear by a chain.
In the west, nose piercing first appeared among the hippies who had traveled to India in the Late 1960s. In the 1970s, the practice of nose piercing was adopted by the Punk movement as a symbol of rebellion against conservative values. Conservative people--particularly parents and employers--still don't react well to it, so consider any reactions that could negatively affect you or your career carefully before having your nose pierced.
Nowadays, nose piercing is gradually becoming more socially acceptable. Many celebrities have their noses pierced--for instance, Madonna, Lenny Kravitz, Sinead O'Connor, and Slash from Guns & Roses. More and more, you'll see everyday people sporting little gem-topped nostril studs and fine hoops, too, including professionals in a variety of settings ranging from retail outlets to doctor's offices.
Septum piercing History
Septum piercing is probably the second most common type of piercing among primitive peoples after ear piercing; it's even more common than nostril piercing. The practice of septum piercing is likely as popular as it is for the same reasons as nostril piercing, with the added attraction that the piercing can be stretched so that large pieces of jewellery can be inserted--for instance, pigs' tusks, pieces of bone, feathers, pieces of wood, and other natural materials.
Septum piercing is particularly prevalent among warrior cultures, most likely due to the fact that a warrior with a large tusk through the septum looks especially fierce. The use of septum tusks is very prevalent in Irian Jaya, New G