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Why did tribes stretch their ears?

Why did tribes stretch their ears?

Asian Hill Tribes The Lahu and Karen-Padaung Tribes stretch their lobes and wear intricate jewelry in their multiple ear piercings because they believe that the ears are the most sacred part of the body. In present day, ear stretching is reserved for married women and seen as a sign of beauty.

What cultures had stretched ears?

Ancient Egyptians, Mayans, and Aztecs used the practice, as well as many Asian and African tribes. If you know of the famous heads on the Easter Islands, all of them have stretched ears. They were known as “long ears” and were warring with neighbouring tribes without stretched ears known as “short ears.”

Why did Aztecs stretch their ears?

The Mayan and Aztec tribes of Central America revered ears, believing them to be conduits of spiritual energy. While stretching goes back as far as human remains do, the style of plugs and flesh tunnels as we know them today can be traced straight back to them.

Why do Africans pierce their ears?

In Africa, in a clan known as Samburu, their fighters are made to pierce their ears and put on earplugs made of ivory to signify that they have become men and are brave. The father and mother of a child in Borneo would each pierce an earlobe of their child, to show that the child depends on them.

Did the Aztecs stretch their ears?

Aztec men and women wore big tubular and round earplugs that were special because they showed whether someone was a soldier, a king, a priest, or even a teacher.

Did Egyptians have stretched ears?

The Ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun is one of the earliest known rulers to have stretched ear lobes. This can clearly be seen in one of his more famous images on his sarcophagus. The instrument used to stretch the pharaoh’s ears is unknown, but there are many possibilities including bamboo or wooden plugs.

Did the Mayans stretch their ears?

What do piercings mean in African culture?

A woman in most African tribal cultures will receive some sort of nose piercing upon marriage. The size of the jewelry can indicate the husbands wealth. Septum piercings symbolize strength. Lip piercing and stretching is also a rite of passage into adulthood and is done to commemorate the god who gave them speech.

Why did the Aztecs stretch their ears?

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