Body piercings have seen a resurgence of interest in the last ten to twenty years and are becoming more and more a part of the mainstream Western culture. Take a look at any fashion or entertainment magazine and you’ll find enough of well-known show biz stars with body piercings like navel rings or a monroe. You may be surprised to find out that piercing is actually an ancient form of expression that most cultures have practiced at some time or other for thousands of years.
Tongue piercing is another ancient form of piercing which has been done since ages. It was very famous amongst the ancient Aztecs, the Haida, Kwakiutul, Mayas of Central America and and Tlinglit tribes of the American Northwest. A very prevalent custom and ritual, tongue piercing unlike now was considered to be a very holy practice earlier. The piercing of the tongue is also a way that ancient tribes worshiped to their gods. Also, tongue piercing is done to establish an altered state of consciousness so that the priest famous as shaman those days could communicate with the higher values.
While voyaging across the seas Aztecs and Mayans would pierce their tongues and make tongue rings to place in their piercings. It was thought to bring them near to their gods and was a kind of ritual blood-letting. The Aztec and Maya were fighter tribes, and also practiced septum piercing in order to appear fiercer to their enemies. Nothing looks quite as frightening as an adversary sporting a huge boar tusk push suddenly through his nose!This practice was also common among tribes in New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. Some of the materials commonly used were bone, tusks and feathers.
However, the logic of tongue piercing in the available days is to highlight of the body jewelry as a style statement and also to increase happiness during oral sex.With change in times there is change in knowing and purpose of the piercing. tongue rings are pieces of body jewelry that are worn in tongue piercings. Although they are often alluded to as a ring, they do not resemble a typical earring but instead look like a tiny barbell.
Each barbell has two balls, or bars, associated by a straight or little curved shaft. The ball/bar that joints to the shaft on the underside of the tongue is mostly quite plain, and just large enough to stop its passage through the piercing. The ball/bar that lies on top of the tongue is larger, and it is in general the show piece that provides each fashion of tongue ring its unique character and design.
The barbell used for an early piercing has a longer than normal shaft to better accommodate the amount of swelling that goes along with a fresh tongue piercing. Once the tongue has healed, you’ll need to select a normal size ring for everyday wear.

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