October 27 2016

Toe rings


I love wearing them. I think they are really fashionable and stylish. I am waiting to own a few pairs and wear them accordingly. Of course, toe-rings- as with every Indian ornament- have a deeper meaning. Wearing toe-rings signifies that the woman is married (it is the Indian equivalent of the wedding ring). And is mandatory in some regions of the country. Yes, that’s how I will start wearing them. But then, I started liking them for their own beauty, not for their significance. They are a pretty piece of jewellery. Now-a-days, the toe rings are not just for married women anymore, a lot of unmarried girls also wear them and it has become a huge trend in the west.

Though there is no documentation on when and why toe rings came into use but, according to the scientific reasoning, there are some health benefits of wearing toe rings. The reflexology scripts mention about treating gynaecological problems by massaging the second toe. There is also a belief that the wearing of toe rings press on certain nerves that pertain to the reproductive system, which helps in keeping the system balance and healthy. By wearing these rings in both feet, it is believed, that the menstrual cycle course is regularized with even intervals. This gives good scope for conceiving to married women.

Shouldn’t we be wearing because it makes us happy, rather than because it signifies a custom?

“This post is for Day 27 of UBC and Daily Chatter

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