There are many women in Africa who put on ring on their toe in the name of fashion, but the symbolism, benefits, and usage of the act, goes beyond their imaginations.
Wearing of toe rings is highly practiced in India. It is worn as a symbol of married state by Hindu women. Toe rings (also known as bichwa) are a must for married Hindu women.
Tradition of wearing toe rings carries tremendous social significance for married women in India. Both Hindu’s and Muslim Women wear these Toe rings, as a symbol of Married state. They are usually made of silver and worn in pairs on the second toe of both feet.
‘Bichiyas’ may not be made of gold, as gold holds a ‘respected’ status and may not be worn below the waist. Indians, especially Hindus, believe that gold is the metal of the God Lakshmi Devi, The Goddess of Wealth, and therefore they consider it inappropriate to wear gold below the waist.
Wearing toe ring to the second toe has se.xual/erotic effect. The reflexology texts also mention about treating gynaecological problems by massaging the second toe. There is also a belief that the wearing of toe rings press on certain nerves that pertain to the reproductive system, keeping it in balance and healthy.
Indians believe that your “prana” or “life force” must be in balance in order for you to stay healthy. All of the paths of your “prana” run down to your toes, so the idea that a marital symbol could double up as a reproductive enhancer is not a big stretch. By wearing this in both feet, it is believed, that their menstrual cycle course is regularized with even intervals. This gives good scope for conceiving to married women.
Also, it is said that particular nerves in the second finger from toe, also connects the uteruses and passes through to the heart. Because of this, the constant friction caused while walking and doing all sorts of chores during a day, revitalizes the productivity organs.
As Silver being a good conductor, it also absorbs the energy from the polar energies from the earth and passes it to the body, thus refreshing whole body system.
So if you are an African woman who puts on rings on your toe and thinks it’s all fashion, there you have it – it goes beyond that. And to those in Africa who think the act is for prostitutes/call-girls, you got it all wrong! This is knowledge from the East – Vedic tradition.