Culture and practices in India.

Ever wondered why so for certain traditions?  This might help.  The Indian culture is a mix of traditions that have been practiced for centuries and science as well.

Some interesting facts on why the women of India wear toe rings. It’s not just to signify they are married. It appears there’s more behind it. Normally worn on the second toe, where a particular nerve connects the uterus and passes to the heart. And, wearing it on this toe is believed to strengthen the uterus by regulating blood flow to it and normalising the menstrual cycle. Usually made of Silver, as it is a good conductor and absorbs polar energies from earth and passes these to the body.

Another is ear piercing.  After a baby is born, the baby’s ears are pierced.  This applies to both girls and boys.  It is actually a part of acupuncture and acupressure.  Outer part of ears carry important acupuncture and acupressure points and the point where the ears of a baby are pierced is said to curing asthma.

We all know Indian women wear very colourful bangles – it is said glass bangles are worn by married women and in the old days if widowed she breaks the bangles which is why they are glass. The colour of bangles may vary from region to region. It is said red bangles exudes energy, blue wisdom, purple independence, green good luck, orange success. Just as copper is said to help the flow of circulation, gold is said to give good fortune, and silver strength and a calm temperament. They could be connected to the colours of the main chakras.

The tradition of nose piercing is truly interesting as well.  It is believed that a hole in a woman’s left nostril relieves some childbirth pain.   The side of the piercing or piercings also depends on the region and the local community.  In Northern India it is generally on the left and in Southern India, the right side.

And did you know about throwing coins in the river, which is thought to bring good luck.  In ancient times coins were made of copper and while they are not today, the tradition continues.  An important metal, copper is useful to the human body and throwing coins in the river was a way of ensuring sufficient copper consumption, as rivers were the source of drinking water.

The information above is not scientifically proven.