A question about culture (what does string around the waist mean?) - page 2
Hi folks, While doing a clinical in the ED this past weekend, we had an infant come in who, when stripped down to his birthday suit, was found to be wearing a thin "belt" of leather/string tied around his waist. I assume that... Read More
- 0Mar 16, '04 by taoistQuote from taoistfound this online, and it makes a little bit of sense. My Indian friend (who is of the Brahmin caste) had previously made mention of how he was supposed to wear a string around his waist, so it rang a bell for me. Anyhow this is what I found...Yea, it's an Indian Hindu thing. I'm not sure of the rational behind it though...
"The son's "thread" -- a strip of thin string worn for life, and slung diagonally across his chest and back, from shoulder to waist -- showed that he was also a Brahmin, Hinduism's highest caste. "
- 0Mar 17, '04 by missmercyHave a friend who worked in an ED in a CHildren's hospital -- she had an underprivledged kid ccome into the ED w/ his parents. He was pretty dirty, so while mom and dad were filling out paperwork with another nurse, she cleaned him up -- and OOPS! cut thestring off -- thinking it was just something the kid had done. Parents were furious:angryfire ! Nurse was horrified and totally embarassed:imbar that she had failed to even think it could be significant. She says the experience has made her much more culturally conscious!!
- 0Mar 17, '04 by UK2USAMany children of Asian (India, Pakistan etc) descent have a thin string around there body. Whether it be aroung the wrist, ankle, neck or waist. Sometimes a metal or wooden icon is attached. This is of cultural significance and should never be removed. In adults I have seen patients who have kept the same string but as they have grown have transferred it from the waist to the wrist.
- 0Jul 5, '07 by Mrs. M.Quote from Mimi2RNI've read that book. I worked in peds in the 80's/90's in central California - lots of Hmong immigrants.Hmong babies often have a string bracelet. Something to do with keeping the baby's soul attached to him.
Anyone read "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down"?
- 0Jul 21, '07 by Roy FokkerQuote from taoistThe "Sacred thread" is typically white cotton. Bachelors have three strings tied/twirled together. Husbands have 6. Husbands who have lost their father have 9 (this differs from sect to sect)."The son's "thread" -- a strip of thin string worn for life, and slung diagonally across his chest and back, from shoulder to waist -- showed that he was also a Brahmin, Hinduism's highest caste. "
It is changed every year - typically during the Hindu new year day (naturally, differs from the Gregorian and Julian calenders). It is used as part of every day prayer ritual - a very loose analogy can be drawn to rosary beads.
This thread is also called "Poonal" or "Jan-ae-yo".
The "sacred thread" however, is different from the one work around the waist. This waist thread is typically of a darker hue. While the sacred thread has religious hue - this waist thread has no religious specification... just cultural.
Like Rep pointed out, many asians use them to ward off the "evil eye" (same reasons babies are adorned with "beauty spots").