NOTES

NOTES

07 26 2020

Tyrol, Austria
anonymous

As I lay on the salon bed and the piercer prepares to re-pierce my ear, he tells me about Ötzi — Europe’s oldest known natural human mummy, discovered in 1991 by German tourists on the Fineilspitze in the Ötztal Alps on the Austrian–Italian border. Ötzi carried a dagger and wore a patchwork coat made with leather of different skins, and his earlobe had a hole around 7 to 10 millimeters in diameter, although no earrings were found with his belongings. What kind of earrings would he have worn? I couldn’t help but wonder why we pierce our ears as we do. I wanted a better reason to add pain to my already healed up earlobes. Even Ötzi went through the pain of piercing ears, and for what reason?

 

I’ve seen countless pirates wear gold earrings in films. Shakespeare wore an earring on his left ear in a self-portrait I saw at the National Portrait Gallery in London a couple of years ago. Statues of Buddha have long, pierced earlobes. Earrings have been an integral aspect of human civilization since ancient Indus and Egyptian times, long before Ötzi was even born. To ward off bad luck, to express an inquiring mind, as a talisman, and as a form of embellishment.

 

Suddenly, piercing my ear didn’t seem as painful as I remembered.

As I lay on the salon bed and the piercer prepares to re-pierce my ear, he tells me about Ötzi — Europe’s oldest known natural human mummy, discovered in 1991 by German tourists on the Fineilspitze in the Ötztal Alps on the Austrian–Italian border. Ötzi carried a dagger and wore a patchwork coat made with leather of different skins, and his earlobe had a hole around 7 to 10 millimeters in diameter, although no earrings were found with his belongings. What kind of earrings would he have worn? I couldn’t help but wonder why we pierce our ears as we do. I wanted a better reason to add pain to my already healed up earlobes. Even Ötzi went through the pain of piercing ears, and for what reason?

 

I’ve seen countless pirates wear gold earrings in films. Shakespeare wore an earring on his left ear in a self-portrait I saw at the National Portrait Gallery in London a couple of years ago. Statues of Buddha have long, pierced earlobes. Earrings have been an integral aspect of human civilization since ancient Indus and Egyptian times, long before Ötzi was even born. To ward off bad luck, to express an inquiring mind, as a talisman, and as a form of embellishment.

 

Suddenly, piercing my ear didn’t seem as painful as I remembered.