Ear and Earrings Symbolism

The ear has strong symbolism in various cultures and teachings. It is associated with the spiral and the Sun, and the auricle itself with the vulva. Small ears can symbolize shyness or low self-esteem, while large ears – extroversion, ease and adaptability.

Earrings and gold ornaments are ritual ways to honor the lifestyle, culture and mythological characters of many cultures around the world. The lower part of the earlobe is pierced to hang ornaments, which can also be a symbol of nobility and merit. This is evidenced by the so-called orejones (“people with big ears”), named by the Spanish conquerors, these were the nobles of the Inca kingdom in ancient Peru.

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