Nose rings

topic posted Thu, July 26, 2007 - 11:15 AM by  Unsubscribed
Hi again, got a question :)

I remember reading a couple years ago that only married women have nose studs with red stones, does the color matter or is it true?
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    Thu, July 26, 2007 - 2:19 PM
    not true.

    only red that is important for married woman is sindhur and / or bindi. that is traditional. but she can wear any kind of nose ring.
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      Thu, July 26, 2007 - 5:09 PM
      one thing i know about nose rings:

      traditionally, women from the north get their left side pierced (looks like the right when facing them), and women from the south get their right side pierced (looks like the left when facing them). That's how you can usually tell where an indian woman is from. Of course, there are the ones who get both sides pierced with those huge studs that look like mini-shields hehe

      I've never heard anything about a nose ring colour meaning anything. Certain necklaces, yes, and as manu said, the red sindhur in the part of the hair. But even single women can wear red bindis. I've seen that a lot.
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        Thu, July 26, 2007 - 6:43 PM
        Thanks for clearing that up. I heard that Muslims get theirs (if at all) on the right, and Hindus on the left. I don't know if this is just a rumor or whatever. Anyway I just wanted to know since I just got a red stud. I have mine on the left.
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          Fri, July 27, 2007 - 5:41 AM
          left is good ;)

          and yes muslims also get theirs on the right, as well as south indian women, many of whom have both sides, as caitanya said :)
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            Fri, July 27, 2007 - 6:19 AM
            This is the first time I've ever heard of the colour of a nose ring having any significance with regards to marriage. As far as I know, the colour doesn't stand for anything other than personal preference. As Manu mentioned, its sindoor which shows a woman is married.
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    Fri, July 27, 2007 - 11:27 AM
    this topic tends to come up when riding long distance sleeper class train rides. the ladies discuss my nose ring, my toe rings, my ankle chains, etc.
    like, no duh, i know you're talking about me.
    but ya know, i'm doing the same dang thing...i'm visiting their country and checking them whaddevah

    but eventually they bust up the courage to ask me about my nose ring (ok and also if i'm married, how many children, yadda yadda)

    i've been told that my nose ring on my right side is the "unlucky" side.
    when i got it i was motivated to get that side to balance a birthmark on my left cheek.
    i wasn't trying to be lucky, hindu, muslim, north or south.
    just funny how all the lil minor things in our spheres can have such importance in others.
    and vice versa (yes, that's right miss exposed-shoulders-tank-top-walkin-round-the-villages)

    whoops, a lil tangent there
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      Fri, July 27, 2007 - 12:29 PM
      haha good one chay ;)

      u too meredith :)
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        Fri, July 27, 2007 - 1:43 PM
        Nepali women and some Indian women also get their septum pierced! We were bummed that we didn't get to go to Nepal for various reasons, but one is that the nose jewelry is so beautiful (and my girl has her septum pierced).
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          Fri, July 27, 2007 - 2:17 PM
          ur right saul. nepali jewelry is beautiful and well made. i worked in a silver / goldsmith studio in kathmandu back in tha day ....ahhh good times....
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            Fri, July 27, 2007 - 3:49 PM
            to continue on dwanjabi's experience, married women wear toe rings on their second toes (the ones next to the big one)--both feet.

            I dig the septum thing. I have my septum pierced, but barely, rarely ever show it off ... unless i'm in india :-D I don't like the western style of septum piercing and the jewelry selections they have. That stainless steel stuff turns me off. Indian/nepali nose jewelry is so beautiful, as manu just stated

            Last time i was in india, i bought a couple of gold earrings for my septum. They're quite nice, actually ...
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              Sat, July 28, 2007 - 8:42 PM
              I very much agree with you Chay! I hate how any sort of nose piercing is seen as a punk rocker thing in the US. I also would think of getting a septum, but I already have my left nostril so it might be conflicting or I'd just take one out when I wear the other. Also, does it hurt very much? I assume so because it's thicker than the nostril.

              I do love the nose jewelry from india as well, but I have sensitive skin so the metal would probably irritate me :(

              I did manage to get a small stainless steel ring for my nose and that looks pretty good if i don't say so myself! lol
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                Sat, July 28, 2007 - 10:37 PM
                "Also, does it hurt very much? I assume so because it's thicker than the nostril. "

                I got my septum pierced a long time ago (I think I was around 12 at the time), but I remember it being one of the most unique sensations of my life....very cool!!!!
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                Sun, July 29, 2007 - 6:11 AM
                and parvati. it doesnt conflict. many many girls in india and nepal wear both. the left side of the nostril and the septum. also many girls in our tradition as well (gurukuli style) its like the gopis of lord krsna used to wear....

                and chay, i kno how u love the south, and in the southern wedding tradition the men also wear toe rings. i was married in south indian style and also wore them, and kept them on for a long time after. it looked nice, even though it did raise eyebrows, but i never cared about raised eyebrows much ;)
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                Sun, July 29, 2007 - 10:37 PM
                i've had both sides of my nose pierced four times (two each side) and they both "hurt." the septum, on the other hand, has no nerves at all, so i didn't feel a thing.
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                  Mon, July 30, 2007 - 12:06 PM
                  Thanks manu. I'm just too worried people will think of me as a punk rocker or something. Not that I really care, I just don't want people to see me that way.

                  I saw a video with a girl getting her septum pierced and she looked tortured! lol
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                    Mon, July 30, 2007 - 8:18 PM
                    when I visited Malaysia my sister came with - we were in the supposedly second most fundamentalist Islamic region - but as we were walking around we came across a pack of Malaysian punk rock kids! my sister is covered in tattoos and is uber punk rock and they were so excited to see an american punk! it was pretty awesome, they wanted to be in pictures with her and stuff :)
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                Wed, September 19, 2007 - 2:48 AM
                I have both left and right nostrils pierced as well as my septum, and in my opinion it is not conflicting at all. And the septum? Much less painful to be pierced than the cartilage of the nostrils. And Parvati, I have very VERY sensitive skin, and the indian jewelry I put in my nose has been fabulous!
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                  Thu, September 20, 2007 - 12:55 PM
                  Oh really? Less painful? I have seen videos on YouTube where people pierce their septums at some places and they always look really scared. lol

                  Thanks, You made me feel better. Only it's silver that irritates my nose, gold works just fine.

                  Where do you get your indian jewelry? i can never find anything good.
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                    Fri, September 21, 2007 - 5:55 AM
                    my left nostril was pierced by my friend in the Himichal village where I lived long ago, she pierced it the local way with a rose thorn, i thought that was dreamy and romantic. In the village the locals wore nose pins in both nostrils, I got so used to seeing them and thought it was beautiful and wanted both too, but they all said for me just the left side is good, i think because I was an outsider with differnt ways. A couple little girls in the village who both had their noses pierced but with only little sticks in them, told me that since they were peirced, that sex wont hurt as much the first time (when they are married of course!), like they were sharing an important secret with me. sweet memories.

                    i can only were gold in my piercings too. i love silver, but it always irriates. and gold is never a problem, my body doesnt reject it.
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                      Fri, September 21, 2007 - 6:31 AM
                      my wifes was also done with the rose thorn method. needless to say she doesnt have fond memories of havign her nose pierced hehe ;)

                      she said it hurt like hell, and the person that did, stopped half way thru, and she just screamed i remember that scream well lol. ahhhh good times....
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    Sat, August 18, 2007 - 2:57 PM
    I have a nose stud too, in my left nostril And I am married into a South Indian family where all the ladies wear theirs on the right nostril. I got pierced before I met my husband, what can I say? I don't get any flak for it though, lol.

    I've never heard that color makes any difference. So I guess its up to personal preference unless you are a believer in Vedic astrology and want to wear a certain color or stone for its planetary relationship. However, I have noticed that in some styles of traditional Indian jewelry, you will find a lot of red, green and white stones or enamel work on it. Those colors just seem to be very popular.
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      Sun, September 16, 2007 - 10:26 AM
      i peirced my nose on the left side because my south india spiritual teacher amma has hers on the left. like mother llike daughter... amma has never married and i have heard that if you're in the south, left side means unmarried. also, i have heard that nostril ring accentuates shakti and female energy, so i figured since left side is the fem side of body, why not go left? plus, i am a leftist but not a lefty...
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        Sun, September 16, 2007 - 11:04 AM
        that's v interesting, because a friend of mine from chennai is married and has her left side pierced (left side facing us--actually her right side). She told me it's just a matter of regional difference. Did i already say that? Sorry ...