Growing your Ears to Dangle a Snake Once upon a time, women grew their ears. When a young girl came of age, the story goes, the jeweller would visit her home to pierce her ears. He would then insert soft hay into it to make sure that the hole didn’t close. A few days later he would visit to “tear” the hole just a bit more. Insert more hay. And thus the process would begin. This would continue over a few weeks. Later on, the jewellers began to use wads of cotton to make sure the ear-hole didn’t close. Quiz Is there a connection between the ears and a woman's health?Answer Yes there is, according to ancient Tamilians. Pull your ears and see if you feel a tug in your eyes….and for that matter your navel area. QuizWhat type of earring is this woman wearing?Answer Thandatti, behind which is a pampadam earring. She wears a koppu on top. A pampadam has a U shape. The thandatti is more geometric shaped. QuizLink between growing your ears and childbirth?Answer In Tamilnadu, long ears were linked to an easy childbirth. In fact, long ears used to be a prerequisite for a Tamil bride three generations ago. QuizWhat happens when you pull down your earlobesAnswer You will feel a tug in the nerves of your eyes. It is this connection that caused Tamilians to invent this jewellery. What is a thoppu karanam?Hint: it is something that Tamil people do at a Ganesha temple.Answer The practice of pulling your ears while squatting up and down at a Ganesha temple may be linked to the reason women wear the Pampadam earrings. QuizWhat are the different types of ear-pulling earrings that Tamil women wore?Answer At least three kinds Pampadam, which had a U shape like a snake. Thandatti: which was geometrical Savudi or Souri: which was a collection of many earrings worn together. QuizWhat type of earring is the woman in this picture wearing?Answer It is a Thandatti. QuizWhat type of earring is this woman wearing?Answer Thandatti, behind which is a barely visible pampadam earring. A pampadam has a U shape. The thandatti is more geometric shaped. The savudi is a collection of earrings worn together. The featured image is a Pampadam earring. QuizIs there a way we can get the benefits of these heavy earrings without wearing them?Answer Difficult, but once in a while, don’t hesitate to wear a heavy jhumka or earring. Particularly if you are pregnant. QuizWhat is this woman wearing?Answer It is called a savudi, or souri. Pampadam, Thandatti, Savudi….these may yet make a comeback. Once their health benefits become widely known. By Shoba Narayan|2019-09-11T09:47:15+05:30July 30th, 2019|Categories: Motifs, Tamilnadu|Tags: ancient, ancient Indian jewellery motifs, gold jewellery, heal, healing, India, indian aesthetic, jewellery, jewelry, jewels, motifs, snake earrings, tamilnadu, traditional, tribal|2 Comments Share This Story, Choose Your Platform! FacebookTwitterRedditLinkedInTumblrPinterestVk About the Author: Shoba Narayan Related Posts Who decided what to adorn September 30th, 2019 | 0 Comments The Artisans and Ancient Jewels August 13th, 2019 | 0 Comments Sujatha Suresh August 12th, 2019 | 0 Comments Jewels and a Woman’s Health August 9th, 2019 | 0 Comments Caste in Jewellery Making August 8th, 2019 | 0 Comments From Burma to Tamilnadu: The Tale of a Ruby August 3rd, 2019 | 0 Comments 2 Comments Stephanie April 18, 2022 at 7:34 am - Reply I have been admiring this style for many many years. Do the jewelers in tamil still make these earrings? Arthi May 6, 2022 at 2:31 am - Reply Stephanie, Yes, they can be made to order They can also be bought old and refinished. Leave A Comment Cancel replyComment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.