December 19, 2008, Newsletter Issue #148: Nose Piercing History

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Although nose piercing is largely done as a means of ornamentation these days, it has deeper meaning for other cultures. Some nomadic peoples in Africa assess the wealth of a family by the size of a woman's nose ring. In India, piercing the left side of the nose is supposed to make childbirth easier and lessen menstrual pain.

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