Septum piercings have powerful meanings behind them

Septum piercings are often looked over, but they have a lot of significant history behind them


DJ Gallegos

Kaliegh Beamish’s (‘23) piercings represent who she is in many ways.

Kaliegh Beamish, Writer

As teenagers, students are constantly exposed to diversity in style — in clothing, hair, tattoos, and piercings. Each of these personal choices connects back to us, demonstrating the way we choose to be perceived by others.

All these elements of style are a part of history and can hold a lot of meaning behind them. Piercings, for example, are a relevant accessory in many cultures.

The septum piercing started in the Kangi tribes of New Guinea. It traces back to the Native American Indians, as well as the Bengalis. It is the second most common among primitive tribes, the first being ear piercings.

These septum piercings were not traditionally only the dainty rings, but also different jewelry called “Otsj” which were larger, thick bone plugs. They wore this type of jewelry to flatten their noses. In their culture, this was seen as desirable and attractive.

Nowadays, piercings can hold multiple meanings. When it comes to septum piercings especially, which are arguably less common than other piercings, they can highlight a person’s sense of individuality.

Septum piercings have become more popular in recent years; they used to be seen significantly less frequently.

Originating from Indians, other cultures took upon the septum piercing to show significant meaning. It might be more of a fashion statement now, but they originally belonged to ancient culture. It was a way of life, and it now respects the history behind them.