The History of Belly Button Rings:
When we talk about body piercings, one of the first visuals that might come to mind is the belly button ring. Piercings in general can be traced back for ages, but each culture was pierced in the name of their own tribal traditions. The relevance of the belly ring can be tracked back in most ancient societies around the world. Nowadays, it’s evident that belly rings and body piercings are a fashion statement which has penetrated amongst many cultures. Since belly button rings have been popular for ages we want to travel back in time with you and explore the history of belly button piercings.
The earliest evidence of belly button rings can be found in the ancient Egyptian Civilization. Although the precise date of belly button piercings is disputed, it has been said that it was used by the Egyptians nearly 3000 years ago. This is a mammoth of a time period and since then the entire concept of belly button rings has also changed. Quick fact: Did you know that belly button rings were initially made for males and not females? Nowadays, this might sound surprising to you because of the drastic culture shift and how it’s more common for females to have their belly pierced. On that note, let’s explore the reasoning behind the belly piercing through an ancient masculine perspective.
A sign of Courage and Manliness:
One of the reasons why men had their belly pierced is because through the piercing of the navel, men were publicly recognized as courageous and brave. During the ancient world, belly rings were a proudly worn symbol of dignity and not femininity, but over the course of time the symbolism drastically changed. It is now mostly popular among females aged around 20-40 years old.
Evidence also indicates how belly button rings or body piercings were only allotted to the ancient Egyptian royals. Which meant that only a certain fraction of the male population was allowed to embellish his body with such powerful symbols. This piercing located on the 3rd chakra – Manipura (translates from Sanskrit as the “City of Jewels”) was symbolized by society and in the eyes of the royals, as a tool that would transcend a human being into eternity.
In Popular Culture:
The popularity of belly button rings can be seen from its wide usage around the world. It has become a part of a popular culture in ways one can’t imagine. It mainly started in the 1990’s when it was popularized by Christy Turlington in a fashion show. Since then women with piercings is a common sight you’d see in music videos and movies. The best example is that of Britney Spears and Beyoncé.