Male Genital Piercing

Male Genital Piercing

Male genital piercing has a wild and varied history, with instances showing up in numerous cultures and times as the samples below will bear out.
The piercing of the glans of the penis for the insertion of jewellery is a very ancient practice. The apadravya genital piercing is mentioned in the Kama Sutra (700AD) and the palang genital piercing has been practised in SE Asia for several hundred years. Several genital piercings originate in Asia where piercing has been practised since antiquity.

The palang (also called ampallang) is a genital piercing that occurred among the Kayan, Kenyah, Kelabit, Dayak, and Iban tribes of Sarawak on the Island of Borneo. It involves piercing the glans of the penis horizontally, and the insertion of a barbell. The term “palang” translates as “crossbar” in Iban and can be related to the timber roof supports of the longhouses of the tribes of the area, and symbolises the protective power of the male over the family.

The word “guiche” is supposed to mean “an opening” in French. The actual translation is “window.” This genital piercing is supposed to be a Samoan puberty ritual. However, there is little evidence for that. The puberty ritual practised in Samoa is subincision, this is where the underneath of the foreskin is cut down to the frenulum.

Male Genital Piercing

The hafada genital piercing is a scrotum genital piercing on the side of the scrotum, where there is a crease. It is supposed to have originated in Arabia and spread through Northern Africa and the Middle East. This genital piercing is carried out as a puberty ritual, and it is generally done on the left hand side. The piercing was supposedly bought back to Europe by French Foreign Legionaries when they were stationed in what is now Lebanon and Syria.

The Prince Albert genital piercing is named after Prince Albert, who was the husband of Queen Victoria of England. He was reputed to have had this genital piercing done prior to his marriage to the queen around 1825, at that time Beau Brummel started the craze for ultra tight men’s trousers. Because the pants were so tight, the penis needed to be held to one side or the other so as not to create an unsightly bulge. To accomplish this some men had their penis pierced to allow it to be held by a hook on the inside of the trousers. This piercing was called a “Dressing Ring” at the time because tailors would ask if a gentleman dressed to the left or the right and tailor the trousers accordingly.


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