Piercing: Which body part is more susceptible to pain?

Tattoos and piercings aren’t a new ‘fad’ brought along by the youth; they have been around for millennia. What the Boomers think of as a sign of ‘evil’ or that their kids have gone to the dogs, Millennials and Gen Z think as a symbol of resistance against the old patriarchal rules of those who came before us and a way to create their personality different from their family or people around them. The old belief that only criminals and people with ‘loose’ characters sport tattoos or rings are still prevalent in the older generations but has been totally revamped among the youth. You can see at least half the students in a college having either a tattoo or a piercing in India.

Piercings in India have been a traditional symbol linked to the multiple cultures and religions in the country. Many kids have their ears pierced almost immediately after they’re born. Nose rings are also popular, especially among married women, for whom it is a sign of fertility and prosperity. The popular belief that some kinds of piercings are on acupuncture points keeps the person healthy and popularizes it.

In the Western world, many ancient civilizations had this trend. When colonization came along, ear piercings were notably unpopular because of links to barbarians and ‘backward’ cultures, but it all changed in the mid-to-late 20th century. With the rise of the hippies, many of whom visited India to ‘find themselves spiritually’ and came back with nose and ear piercings, this style took the Occidental world by storm.