For many women, especially in India, nose piercing is something of a coming-of-age ritual. It signifies femininity, elegance and for some even a sense of rebellion. Nose piercing is as much a tradition in India as bracelets, a Mangalsutra or a bindi.
In some cultures, a piercing on the right side is said to help relieve pain experienced during childbirth. In countries like India and Pakistan, most women who are about to get married prefer a nose piercing on the right side rather than the left.
The left nostril, in one way or another, relates to the female reproductive system – more to childbirth. Therefore, piercing the left nostril is said to help ease labor during labor (child birth).
There is a Christian belief that engaging in activities or a lifestyle thought to be a sin actually makes the act a sin, even though it is not objectively clear or “fact” that the act is a sin is. Believing body piercing is a sin and doing it anyway makes it a sin – essentially a self-fulfilling prophecy.
While some say that men should only get their noses pierced on the right side and women on the left (and sometimes vice versa, depending on who tells you), it is in fact there is no real reason to choose one side over the other – it’s all a matter of preference.
Nose rings are used to control bulls and occasionally cows and to aid weaning of young stock by preventing suckling. Nose rings are used on pigs to prevent rooting. Some nose rings are placed through a pierced hole in the nasal septum or the rim of the nose and remain in place, while others are temporary aids.
For whoever has a blemish, let him not approach: a blind man, or a lame man, or one who has a flat nose, or anything superfluous, put a hook in the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh captive the nose. It’s a biblical method of catching and arresting people.
and I put a ring on your nose, earrings on your ears, and a beautiful crown on your head.
It (piercing the nostril) is mentioned in the Bible at Genesis 24:22. Abraham asked his eldest 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 was shanf, which also means ” nose ring” (Morrison).
In some communities, it is believed that a woman wears a nose stud. According to the Vedas, piercing the left nostril is ideal for a woman. Although gold, silver or many other metal nose studs are widely used by women, experts say gold is the ideal metal when it comes to nose rings or studs.