Tongue rings are very popular today, but these piercings have been around for a long time. In the past they were used by the Aztecs and other ancient cultures, and today many people use them for looks or to enhance the feeling of kissing.
Tongue Rings in History
Tongue piercings were used in the past by the ancient Aztecs and Mayas, also by the Haida, Kwakiutl and Tlingit tribes in Northwest America. Tongue piercing in the past was a ritual and considered to be a holy practice. It was thought piercing the tongue would create an altered state of consciousness in order to communicate with the gods.
Tongue Rings for Kissing
Today tongue rings are acquired by many to enhance the sensation of kissing. It is considered a sensual piercing, one that can cause pleasure but also be easily hidden from everyone.
Tongue Rings for Beauty
Some people enjoy the look of tongue rings and have the piercing done for no particular reason other than a fashion statement. Tongue rings are among the most popular piercings now, so many people get one just to fit in or be like their peers.
References and ResourcesPainful Pleasures: Body Piercing History
YgoY: Ancient History Of Tongue Piercing
Global Oneness: Tongue piercing - History & Culture