Sure, body piercing has become mainstream. It has even grown beyond what most of us thought it would, with the impact of celebrity piercings and the face of modern fashion aesthetics both giving the industry a great push in the right direction. But have we forgotten what it can mean to wear jewelry? For example, getting pierced used to imply that one would have superior sexual prowess, have achieved a higher state of enlightenment, or even warrior status. I bet that these days only a few of you think that when you see me walking down the street.

It is surprising and saddening to see how little people know about past cultures that have influenced modern society with it arts, religions and various forms of expression. And it’s not difficult to see why: few vendors provide information about body modifying cultures to customers. These days the first impression is usually quite weighted, and the ‘bling’ factor has only two associations – cash and status. Cash and status, albeit great, do not imply spiritual enlightenment, nor anything related to prowess. Having a piercing as well, however, may just complete your image! I wish.

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