Contents • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Western culture [ ] The public exposure of the male and female and bare navel has been at times in, being considered. It was banned in some jurisdictions, with some arguing that it simulated an ' '. Eventually, only female navel exposure was banned and not male because, it was argued, the simulation or upward displacement from vagina to navel was commonplace and obvious in women. Community perceptions have changed and exposure of female midriff and navel is more accepted today and in some societies or contexts it is both fashionable and common, though not without its critics. The exposure of the male navel has not been as controversial nor as common, and is usually in the context of barechestedness.
Exposure of the navel by females is commonly associated with the popularization of the, of the and. Film [ ] In the United States, the, or Hays Code, enforced after 1934, banned the exposure of female navel in Hollywood films. [ ] The, a Roman Catholic body guarding over American media content, also pressured Hollywood to keep clothing that exposed certain parts of the female body, such as bikinis and low-cut dresses, from being featured in Hollywood movies. And in publicity photo for of films, 1963 During the 1950s, was prohibited by the from exposing her navel in (1955). To get around the censors' guidelines, she wore a jewel, a ruby, in her navel. This technique of baring the midriff but gluing a jewel on the navel was used in many other Hollywood films featuring belly dance sequences.
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Wore a ruby in her navel for the film (1957); saying in an interview, 'they had to glue it in every time. I got a terrible infection from it.' , for a scene from (1959), wore a dress that revealed skin everywhere but had a tiny piece of fabric to hide her navel. (The film was condemned by the National Legion of Decency, but for other reasons. ) Meanwhile, in Europe, not being bound by the Hays Code, (1952) featured in scanty bikinis. (The film was not released in the USA until 1958.) By the 1960s, community standards had changed.
Marilyn Monroe was allowed to expose her navel in (1962) and later commented, 'I guess the censors are willing to recognize that everybody has a navel.' , appearing as in the 1962 film,, wore her iconic, which exposed her midriff and navel. However, when was cast in her first beach movie (1963),, who held her contract, insisted that she only wear modest bathing suits and keep her navel covered, to preserve her wholesome persona, though she was the only one of the ample number of young women in the film not bikini-clad.
In the 1967 film, actress wore a jewel on her navel for a belly dance sequence. The Hays Code was abandoned soon after, and with it the prohibition of female navel exposure, as well as other restrictions. The influence of the National Legion of Decency had also waned by the 1960s. With the withdrawal of the Code and the change to a classification regime, the ban on the exposure of parts of the human body that had previously been regarded as immodest or indecent was withdrawn; and with it there was an increasing level of body exposure over time. The exposure of the navel ceased to be controversial in the context of a general increase in nudity. During the late 1980s, 's heroines began exposing more skin as well.
In the 1989 animated film, the animated lead protagonist,, flashed her navel while wearing only fins and seashells, a first in Disney's history. Television [ ]. Exposing her navel for a scene from an Egyptian soap opera skit on, 1977 In 1951, the United States came into force, which, besides other things, prohibited female navel exposure on US television. During the 1960s, was not allowed to show her navel on the US TV show (1965–70). Her pants had to be worn above the navel, which became ineffective.
After a few frames of her navel exposure went unnoticed, they decided to use fabric and skin-colored make-up to cover her navel. Her costume became low rise (with no censorship) and In 2013, Barbara Eden attended the event in dressed in the same costume of I Dream of Jeannie but flaunting her navel.
In February 1964, placed an advertisement in newspapers and magazines throughout America. It featured a bikini-clad blonde model exposing her bellybutton posing on a rock above the caption 'What to show your wife in Scandinavia'. The image that appeared in most publications had the belly button removed. The first exposure of a navel in a TV series occurred in 1961 on the. And were not allowed to expose their navels in (1964–67). Wells was required to wear shorts that covered her navel. Wells stated in an interview, 'Oh my goodness, I designed the shorts.
Because it was the first short shorts ever on television and it had to cover my navel. Gilligan's Island actually gave censors headaches back in the '60s. 's cleavage, and 's navel were only allowed 3 seconds an episode.' The censors missed showing her navel in the second-season episode ' (1967). It is believed that it was due to that it went unnoticed. Another episode of Star Trek, called ' (1968), also managed to get past the censors when 's belly button was clearly visible in some shots and not covered by jewelry as seen when the fringe from her top was not covering it. In 1969, was not allowed to show her belly button in ' (1969), the penultimate episode of 's Star Trek.
Gene had Mariette expose not one but two belly buttons in the film (1973). In (1971–74), network censors feared 's navel exposure would become a. Cher once commented, 'There were so many things that were censored—ideas and words.
All I know is I got in trouble for showing my belly button, and every time I turned around after I went off the air, all you saw were Cheryl Ladd's boobs.' Magazine dubbed Cher 'Pioneer of the Belly Beautiful'.
The American code of practice was suspended in 1983. Entertainment [ ]. Performing in 1993 1980s [ ] Navel exposure became common in the culture of, starting in the 1980s, with many famous female pop stars having appeared on and offstage and in music videos with their midriff exposed, usually wearing a, including, during 1983, she caused controversy when she wore a mesh crop top in her video for the song '. People magazine wrote that Madonna made the bare navel her trademark. Actress sported an Indian princess outfit with feathers and beads around her navel for the ceremony in 1986.
Designer Christine Albers commented, 'the look is good for anyone who has a great body but especially for women who do a lot of stomach exercises.' 's bellybutton was exposed in a in the 1989 music video for ' and she appeared with a navel in the music video for ' in 1995. Performing in 2003 1990s and 2000s [ ] During the early 1990s, Canadian country singer appeared in low jeans baring her midriff and navel in her music videos and performances. It became both the most widely discussed body part in country music and her trademark. [ ] Shania once commented, 'Someone said to me once, 'Well, if I had your belly-button I'd sell 8 million albums too.' But it takes a lot more than a belly-button to sell more than 8 million albums.' Is believed to have started the trend of exposing the navel on stage and red carpets.
It has been said has the most recognizable belly button in history. People magazine stated, 'The 19-year-old hotshot chanteuse behind ', once a Mouseketeer alongside, can't quite pull off pop star flash without belly-flopping.' In 2001, the editors of commissioned an article on Britney Spears that deconstructs her bare midriff.
The article describes Miss Spears's navel as 'a heated boundary between baby and babe'. She had been a major inspiration for the navel piercing trend. Magazine chose Madonna's navel as its 'most incredible' rock star body part for a September 2005 feature. Download Naruto Shippuden Episode 394 Subtitle Indonesia Mkv.
Gregorio Luke, former director of the who conducted lectures about belly buttons, said, 'The belly button has been a sign of beauty in goddesses as different as,. We ask which is more beautiful, the perfectly round belly button of or 's grain of coffee navel? Every star from Madonna to proudly displays their belly button.' On the contrary, American columnist in an article about once commented, 'Young movie-going girls today don't have access to many in the mold of Katharine Hepburn. Instead by mall observations most are Britney wannabes—hip-hugged, tattooed, pierced and out there.
The female navel has become the refrigerator man's continental divide. I hate to break it to you, oh future daughters-in-law, but everybody's got a belly button. Your inney- or outey-ness is not the stuff either of revelation or revolution.' Fashion [ ] Exposed midriff is associated with the, often in association with. Another way that the navel may be exposed is via a deep dress or top that drops below the natural waist line. A woman wearing a and pants that expose the midriff and navel Low-rise clothing started in the early 1990s, when the British magazine featured in on its March 1993 issue cover. Models such as frequently flash their midriffs.
In 1994,, editor-in-chief of magazine said that his big seller in 1994 was the February issue with on the cover, on which she wore an suit opened at the hips to reveal her navel, It sold about 400,000 copies. He stated, 'Part of the success is the navel factor. I think the belly button is really an erogenous zone.' And navel has become more common among young women.
The trend of piercing or tattooing the navel became popular in the 1990s. It is popular among middle-aged women. Actress has a butterfly tattoo beneath her navel. German actress has a tribal design tattoo around her navel. The growing popularity of, where navel exposure is typical, has also added to the navel exposure trend. Contrarily, advice columnist commented, 'Navels are neither sexy nor obscene. I do not believe any female of good taste would wear an outfit where her navel shows.
This does not include women in costumes or those on beaches in bikinis. The same goes for males. An adult male who wears so low rates zero minus 10 on the scale of taste—it's my opinion but it's one I feel strongly about.' Fashion historian told that he hasn't quite caught up with the idea of exposing the navel, saying, 'I have never regarded that as a particularly attractive part of the human anatomy'.
The navel fashion returned in the 1980s, when a New York City ban on exposing the navel in public was lifted. The importance of the navel is such that for Czech model, who does not have a navel, the magazine and catalogue art directors routinely airbrush one in for her during post-production. They keep a collection of belly button shots in different positions, and Photoshop them on to her whenever she's doing a bikini picture. Has also appeared in magazine covers of with morphed navels.
Since 2010, the crop top evolved by which women started wearing it with a skirts, jeans, or shorts that are high enough to cover the belly button. The top also made an appearance in formal wear, usually associated with a high-rise skirt or pants that cover the navel. Actress wore a bandeau with matching pants to the, fueling the trend of wearing a bandeau top as an out-of-home dress.
Also wore a bandeau top with cropped high waisted pants at the and wore a bandeau top with a long skirt. Sportswear [ ] Swimwear [ ]. Outfits of Bikinis have become a major component of marketing various women's sports, and most female often wear a that exposes the navel as the professional attire.
Bulgarian athlete is known for her 'tribal sun' tattoo around her navel. Croatian athlete is famous for her navel piercing. Cheerleading [ ] The fashion later became increasingly popular through sporting styles tops comprising modified without additional outer garments,, and style fashions developing largely from the styles originating with the in the early 1970s. Tennis [ ] Female tennis players are known for exposing their navels or navel piercings on court. American tennis player was noted by the media for exposing her navel piercing during her matches. Similarly, retired Russian tennis player was known for frequent navel exposure during her matches.
In 2009, for an interview to the German magazine when asked about her belly button showing during serves, she commented, 'These are men's ravings.Why you should hide it, when it isn't necessary? Female beach volley ball players play in bikinis - does it bother anyone?' American female golfer commenting to the for, 'The LPGA needs to acknowledge that a lot of people watch women's sports more for the women than for the sports. Why else would Anna Kournikova, who has never won a singles title, be the most popular player in women's tennis? We have quite a few attractive women, and we should use our looks to our advantage. After all, what's so wrong with seeing an occasional belly button?'
American football [ ] Males often wear no shirt with lower rise shorts during practice. This was somewhat upheld during practice of, which was carried over to wearing jerseys during 1980s telecasts. Cropped jerseys became dormant for 20 years until male athletes returned to midriff exposure for comfort purposes. However, the NCAA has placed an official ban on navel exposure.
[ ] The has long placed a ban on navel exposure (It has since required jerseys to be tucked in.) and banned 's crop top in September 2016. Mediterranean, Hebrew and Middle Eastern cultures [ ] Literature & philosophy [ ].
A in in The navel is mentioned as an important element of a woman's beauty in the of the. It contains imagery similar to that in the love songs of.
Song of Songs 7:2 states, 'Your navel is a rounded bowl.' The verse preceding the line mentioning the navel (Song of Songs 7:1) states, 'your rounded thighs are like jewels, the work of a master hand', ) and the verse following states, 'Your belly is a heap of wheat.' Thus, the description of the navel is placed textually in between the description of the curves of a woman through and the. 'Belly' also suggests the womb, and the combination of the imagery of the womb with that of wheat suggests the link between eroticism and fertility through the imagery of the navel and curvaceous thighs. These passages also celebrate a curvaceous stomach and midriff and plumpness as aspects of female. In the ancient Mediterranean,, and, it was a common belief that shrines, important places such as cities or capitals, or other such places of prominence had a position of centrality to the world and hence equated to the child-bearing, life-giving navel of a mother.
These domains constituted what could be regarded as important that linked the universe. Thus, the ancient city of the, was often described as the 'navel'. This suggested to the prominence of the location and the way it was seen to function as a place of centrality and as a link between earth and the heavens and the Universe. The thought that the conical stone ('navel') located at was the center of the earth. In a similar vein, in the it is stated, 'God created the world like an. Just as the embryo begins at the navel and continues to grow from that point, so too the world. The Holy One, blessed be he, began the world from its navel.
From there it was stretched hither and yon. Where is its navel?. And its (Jerusalem's) navel itself?
This passage describes how the centrality of the ancient city of Jerusalem and of the altar of the within cosmic framework was equated to the navel of a mother and the source of life. This is also seen in the 8:19 and 26:1 where it is describes as 'The center of the navel of the earth'. In tradition is described as the navel of the earth, the only place that was not submerged in the of the story of. The phrase 'navel of the earth' is used in (Ezek 38:12; Judg 9:37) tibbur ('navel') and is also mentioned in Ezek 16:4.
According to Samaritan tradition, was made from the dust of Mount Gerizim. The navel is also celebrated in the tradition of Mediterranean, and middle eastern cultures. When called for the, he referred to Jerusalem as '. Bans & controversies [ ] In Egypt dancing in public with an uncovered navel is illegal so many dancers wear a body stocking or netting to cover their skin. Egyptian TV viewers have questioned the appropriateness of suggestive music videos in the traditional Islamic culture, saying they fear for 'their daughter's morals'.
In 2003, the singer incurred the wrath of the, which called for a ban and fines to channels airing her video, though their threats were widely ignored. Later, an Egyptian girl named Rubi upset members of parliament and the TV authority enough to institute a ban on music videos when a woman's navel appears. In 2014, belly dancer was summoned for questioning by Egyptian prosecutors over a report alleging she insulted Egypt and its people by wearing a dancing costume fashioned after the. In April 2015, an Egyptian court sentenced her to six months in prison for 'insulting the Egyptian flag' after she wore a tight dress in its red, white and black color scheme.
In September 2015 she was acquitted of the charges. Similarly, Egyptian performer Salma El-Fouly was arrested after dancing seductively and wearing revealing clothing in the 'Seib Eidy' (Let Go of My Hand) music video – a story which reached international headlines. Much like Safinaz, she was accused of 'inciting debauchery and immorality' and 'harming public morals'.
In August 2015, the Egyptian Syndicate of Musical Professions announced a ban on 'revealing outfits' worn by singers on stage in the name of 'recommitting to Egyptian values and tradition' as per the statement of the syndicate's chief, Ahmed Ramadan. Under the new regulation, performers who are members of the syndicate – or who have a permit – will be banned from performing in Egypt if they are seen on stage in 'inappropriate' clothing. By which, the Egyptian Court, sentenced belly-dancers Soha Mohammed (Shakira) and Dalia Kamal Youssef (Paradise/Bardis) to six months each after finding them guilty of inciting immorality and debauchery and the promotion of nudity in their music videos. Indian culture [ ] Ancient times [ ].
A sculpture of a woman in navel-exposing attire. While the West was relatively resistant to -baring clothing until the 1980s, it has long been a fashion with Indian women. These women, especially those from, have traditionally worn that bare the midriff. [ ] Women from leave the midriff exposed while wearing. These women often cover their heads with, and may cover their faces in front of strangers with. There is a belief in India that navel-baring has a symbolic, almost mystical, association with birth and life, and that the display is meant to emphasize the centrality of nature in the nurture role.
In ancient Indian tradition, the navel of the god is considered to be the center of the universe and the source of life. [ ] From his navel a new world emerges. This has been depicted in many ancient Indian sculptures as a lotus emerging from the navel on which god is seated. Although women in ancient India wore saris that bared the midriff, the writers stated that women should be dressed such that the navel was never visible, and navel exposure became taboo. The trend of exposing the navel was started by women who were dancers, acrobats, or entertainers, and who developed a technique of wearing the sari like a pair of trousers well below the navel to assist in the free movement of the legs. This trend slowly spread to become common among unmarried young women.
Women in this type of attire are very common in many ancient Indian sculptures, [ ] [ ] and paintings. [ ] Indian sculpture emphasised the centrality and sexuality that emanated from the depiction of the woman's navel. One of the most stunning examples would be, a statue of a woman made during the period. Carved out of, which gives it a natural shine where the navel is deeply embedded within the centre of the torso, drawing the focus of the viewer. Before sculpting, the sculptors created an image and indicated the six structural centers, of which the navel is one, as defined by Yoga principles. Technically, the typical female representation in ancient Indian art includes an with large,, and, and a deep navel. According to Indian, if a woman's navel is deep, she is popular and loved by her husband.
A broad, fleshy, shallow navel indicates a lucky woman. A woman with deep navel with a whirl to the right side is considered auspicious and is expected to lead a comfortable life. Famous Indian painter once commented, 'The belly button has always been in.
It has been an intrinsic part of the Indian woman. It has been part of Indian sculptures that go back so many centuries. That is why so many years ago, even in the 50s, all my works had women show their belly buttons.'
Recent times [ ]. A Hindu woman showing her navel in a at With their migration to different countries, many Indian women began to wear the normal sari below the waistline, exposing the navel in a style known as a or low hip sari. The trend started during the 1950s, when saris were worn below the navel, with big pleats that were tightly draped across the curves of the body. Due to and changing global markets, saris are re-emerging as erotic apparel. [ ] As a result, saris began to be designed in innovative ways using different materials, such as transparent and semi-transparent saris made of like. These modern saris may be draped in different ways, such as a being tied about 10 to 13 cm (4 to 5 in) below the navel, just above the pubic area, and a small blouse ending just below the with a thin exposing some part of the and almost the entire midriff. In September 2012, featured a wedding announcement with an image of a woman of Indian heritage displaying her navel in a for the first time.
This style was popularised by celebrities and other popular regional film industries, such as and. Indian television actors have followed suit, wearing saris that expose more skin, including the navel, with viewers mimicking the styles.
Some women wear navel jewels or to emphasize the navel and enhance its appeal. Another option is using to decorate the navel. Tattoos near or below the navel were becoming popular in cities such as in early 2012. Actresses and are known for their unique tattoos on their navels. Sometimes the low-rise style is modified, with the navel being covered by the pallu when wearing a low-rise non-transparent sari. In some corporations in India, saris are required to be worn in a manner that avoids navel exposure.
Anita Gupta, Senior Vice-President at in commented that formal wear for woman should not expose the navel. Indian cinema [ ] Indian actresses have expressed comfort with the practice of exposing their navels in film, preferring it to showing cleavage and calling it uncontroversial. South Indian [ ] South Indian actresses such as,,,,,,,,,,,, etc., are known for their navel exposure. Actresses such as,, etc., are known for exposing their slim in song sequences. Tamil cinema [ ] For the past 15 years the title of Navel Queen is held by the South Actress named Trisha Krishnan.She is also called as 'Thoppul Rani' by her fans.During the 1990s, scenes focusing on the female protagonist's navel were common in. Actress became famous for a scene in the 1992 film, where the main protagonist spins a top on the female protagonist's navel. The 1993 film featured a scene in the song sequence where female protagonist's navel is poked with a sword.
In 1996, actress became known for acting in a scene in the Tamil film, which involves the male protagonist breaking an egg and cooking it on her navel, which was similar to a scene from (1991) involving. In the early 2000s was known for her navel exposure in films. Her pierced navel also drew many youths to the cinema for the 2002 film. In his review of (2015), film critic stated that ' brings to mind the heroines of a certain era who were chosen not because they had beautiful eyes or a bewitching smile but because of the quiver-quotient of their navel when confronted by a close-up.' Film critic Sudhir Srinivasan wrote in a review for the 2016 film, 'The emphasis is not so much on making a horror story that is novel, than it is on fixating on the heroine’s navel.'
Telugu cinema [ ] Of the South Indian film industries, more frequently has actresses expose their navels. Film scholar commented that Telugu cinema has a long history of 'fondness for the navel', citing old South Indian temple architecture, which features numerous prominent displays of navels in their carvings, and calling such displays a 'South Indian aesthetic sensibility'.
He continued, 'Cinematically, while cleavage is just a peek at the bosom, the navel encompasses the woman's entire sensuality. The 1978 film was the first to feature the scene where a top spins on the female protagonist's navel. Veteran Telugu film director 's movies always have guaranteed navel show of the heroines.
He used to include the navel of the heroine in every possible frame and exploit it in song sequences such as dropping of water, flowers, fruits, ice cubes etc., on the navel. Prominent Telugu actor and director had once commented, 'When you see a heroine slightly removing her pallu to show her inside assets, you don't feel ashamed of it because of the artistic way in which Ragahvendra Rao projects it on the screen. Especially heroines' navels look most beautiful in his movies.' Telugu actor and politician had commented in a TV show, 'If you want to know about fruits, you have to do one film with director K.
Raghavendra Rao. He used to put all the fruits around the heroine’s navel (boddu).'
In 2016, actress had requested Raghavendra Rao to have a shot with fruits and flowers on her navel as part of a song sequence. She told in an interview,'That's the third day of shooting with KRR sir and we're canning a song. But actually he's not making any flower or fruit thrown at my navel or waist, that's why I took courage to ask him to hit my navel with them' The 2013 Telugu film paid tribute to Raghavendra Rao with a song featuring his symbolic acts on the female protagonist's navel.
A song sequence in the 2012 Telugu spoof film features the main protagonist dropping a watermelon and a pumpkin on the female protagonist's navel. Actress who has acted in the scene had commented on an interview, 'When the hero throws it on my tummy I am supposed to scream with a strange sound and they told me they are not real, all are toy fruits.'
Bollywood [ ]. On the ramp for Mijwan fashion show Female dancers of have always exposed their navels, with cameras focused on them. In the 1968 Bollywood film, actress was seen in a Sharara sari showing her navel for a song and dance number, 'Aaj kal tere mere'. A Sharara has a long blouse top with a unique divided skirt bottom, which has less flow than. It fits like a loose pant until reaching the knee, where it flares out.
The particular style of sari became extremely popular and was dubbed the Mumtaz Sari. The 1981 film, a remake of the 1978 featured the replication of the 'top spinning on the navel' scene with.
She had stated in an interview,' Today, when someone asks me how I balanced the top, I don't have an answer.Those days we didn't have monitors, the luxury of too many rehearsals or retakes. I did what was expected of me, telling myself it was like dramatics day in school, only instead of the stage I was facing a camera'. The film (1993) was famous for the song 'Choli ke Peeche' featuring in navel-exposing attire. In the 2003 film, actress appeared in a scene with an ice cube on her navel. Actress showcased her navel in a and dipped for the hit song ' in the film (2005). Became famous for her dance performance showcasing her navel for the for the 2010 film.
Film critic stated on his blog in a review for the film, 'Katrina Kaif makes her entry in the well-shot, well-scored Sheela ki jawani song sequence, brandishing a belly button that seems to have a life of its own'. For the 2011 film, actress had acted in a scene where an egg put on her navel becomes an omelette. She stated in an interview, 'It was difficult to control laughter and Milan used to wait to get me into the character because all this was part of the song and dance of those times to market the Silk phenomenon'.
Recently, appeared in an item song 'Latto Ghuma Re Chora' for the 2012 film in which a top is spun on her midriff and navel. She stated in an interview that the filming was painful since the director spun the sharp-pointed top 30 times on her midriff. Contradictions [ ] The for has created some limitations on 'vulgar' visuals, such as restricting zoom shots of the navel, kissing the navel, and squeezing the navel and waist.
It had been implemented during the 1990s. [ ] Many films have faced censor cuts for navel scenes. Many actors have expressed mixed views on the display of and emphasize of the navel. Some feel displaying the midriff or navel cannot be considered exposing when compared to Hollywood films. Actress argued, 'If navel-showing is obscenity, then our traditional Indian outfit—the traditional sari—should be banned in the first place.'
Actress, BJP member and CBFC member while speaking on item numbers stated, 'Dance numbers are okay, but girls don't need to dress vulgarly. They can wear skirts but not too much below the navel.'
Telugu film director commented, 'All film-makers have problems with the censors. They sometimes object to showing the navel of a woman when, in other films, it is allowed. We cannot even question them. The censors should give us general rules in writing as to what is allowed and what is not, instead of taking decisions according to their whims and fancies.' Actor commented, 'I have often been embarrassed to see certain films I have done. When I see myself kissing a dancing heroine's navel in some films, I feel ashamed.' Actress commented, 'I believe the navel is overrated.
I think sensuality can be expressed in other ways.' Bengali actress said, 'I am not very comfortable though I have tried wearing a lehenga choli with a stick-on in my navel.' Many actresses have opted to hide their navels by wearing for beach or pool scenes. Japanese culture [ ]. Figurine of the late with the navel indicated with a deep indentation. Early times [ ] Japan has long had a special regard for the navel. During the early in northern Japan, three small balls indicating the breasts and navel were pasted onto flat clay objects to represent the female body.
The navel was exaggerated in size, informed by the belief that the navel symbolizes the center of where life begins. On many middle Jomon figurines, the significance of the navel was emphasized with an indentation or hole. Sometimes, the importance of the navel was further enhanced by connecting with a line from the navel towards the chest. Early Japanese poems feature many references to the female navel. In some, the word navel actually refers to an indentation or hole instead of the belly button. The shape of the umbilicus of a newborn baby would be discussed at length.
If a baby's navel points downward, the parents would brace themselves for a weakling child who will bring them woe. The thunder god, with his terrifying drums, great horns, and long tusks, was said to have an insatiable appetite for young navels, and mothers had to nag their youngsters constantly to keep themselves well covered up. Aldl Gm Software License there. Due to the mythology, navel exposure was not encouraged in the earlier times. The traditional clothing of Japanese women has a wide cloth belt around the to protect the belly and keep it warm. The Japanese believe the belly is the source of person's warmth and that the perfect navel is an innie. Modern times [ ]. Japanese women performing a traditional Japanese dance in navel-exposing attire in the Yosakoi Matsuri 2006 at Although navel exposure has become a recent trend in fashion in Japan, annual Heso Matsuri ('belly button festivals') have been held in Japan since the late 1960s.
The tradition of the Heso Odori ('belly button dance') began in 1968. Dancers make their heso ('belly button') into a face, using paint, special costumes, and props. Many variations of the dance have been developed, leading to competitions among dancers, who compete for prizes in various categories. A similar type festival is held at, north of Tokyo. The idea was formed based on the location of Shibukawa, which is also referred to as the 'Belly Button of Japan'. The festival is based on a traditional Japanese form of entertainment where revelers paint a face on their torsos and stomachs to appear as a head.
A is wrapped around the waist, and the person's real head is hidden by a large cloth hat. The belly button is traditionally painted into a mouth. In recent years, modern motifs and Japanese anime designs have appeared in the festival. Sri Lankan culture [ ].
Sinhalese women performing a traditional Sri Lankan dance in navel-exposing attire frescoes depict royal ladies wearing cloth draped as a, tied in a knot at the front and pulled down to expose the navel. They wear pleated robes from the waist upwards, as well a necklace, armlets, wristlets, ear and hair ornaments, and display their breasts.
The ladies in waiting wear waist clothes, a few ornaments and a firm thanapatiya ('breast bandage'). In the Sinhalese poetic work Kaviyasekara, a father advises his married daughter as to proper clothing, 'Dress your garment above your navel, without exposing the fair bosom, and expose not your teeth in laughing.' In his work Daily Code for the Laity (1898), the Buddhist leader wrote that a sari blouse must be long, fully covering a woman's breasts, midriff, navel, and back.
Recent times [ ] In the 1980s and 1990s, a visible navel was very rare. By the late 1990s, the Bollywood connection and the media and technological changes that occurred in India has influenced Sri Lanka's fashion outlook, with the navel becoming a focus in the modern Sri Lankan wardrobe. Sri Lankan films commonly depict the women of the country's earliest history as scantily clad with exposed navels, and the country has become more open to the topic in general. In Nov 2015, Western Province Chief Minister stated that a school dress code for students and teachers would be issued requiring that the navel be covered. However, the Ceylon Teachers Union President Joseph Stalin condemned it and commented, 'We condemn this statement.
It is an anachronistic proposal. We see nothing wrong with teachers wearing sarees below the belly button. It may be that there is something wrong with Mr. Devapriya’s eye sight. We like to ask the Chief Minister whether the belly button is the main concern facing the education sector in the Western Province'. Indonesian culture [ ].
In navel exposing attire at the 2004 In 2004, the spoke out against exposed navels, saying, 'Indonesian women, who are known for their courtesy, should refrain from exposing their midriffs or belly buttons, which now seems to be taken for granted. There are many ways to express beauty, as part of aesthetics, and to express freedom but not by showing things that lead to pornography.' He further added that while the state could not dictate dress codes, citizens were expected to respect the country's moral values and courtesy. A week later, a cabinet minister quoted Yudhoyono as saying that he felt 'disturbed and uneasy' to see television shows in which women exposed their navels. In 2006, Agus Suwage, an Indonesian artist, installed his Pinkswing Park exhibit at 's international biennale.The exhibit was surrounded by massive panels with multiple pictures of a near-naked man and woman frolicking in a park. Within days of the exhibition's launch, Islamic fundamentalists had descended on the biennale, forcing its closure and demanding prosecutions.
At first police claimed his work blasphemed the story of; a few weeks later they told Suwage he faced five years in jail for producing pornography. The Indonesian parliament decided to introduce a sweeping anti-pornography law. The law imposes a rigid social template; couples who kiss in public will face up to five years' jail, as would anyone flaunting a 'sensual body part'—including their navel—and tight clothing will be outlawed. Due to this new anti-pornography law, topless bathing and surfing on the beaches of, a common practice among tourists, would also be prohibited.
The law would also affect older tribal women, who often still walk topless. The introduction of a bill was attacked by women's rights campaigners in the country, who fear it is the first step towards the implementation of Islamic law. Despite these laws, singers such as, known for her hip swaying moves, and continue exposing their navels, but undergo some restrictions in. Korean culture [ ] Traditionally, Korean women are expected to dress modestly. The traditional wear such as cover the entire body.
South Korean singer performing at KBS Hope Concert in January 2013 1990s [ ] During the 1990s, the fashion trend among young South Korean women for wearing cropped that leave the midriff exposed had started, due to the hot climatic conditions. The trend spread to create changes in female fashion such that when a policeman in arrested two young women for flaunting their belly buttons in the street, the judge threw the case out, ruling that the flashing of a female navel was not indecent. It further became popular due to Korean pop culture, where stars started wearing body piercings and midriff-exposing shirts. In July 1997, the South Korean broadcaster announced tough new rules for pop stars appearing on TV. One among the many limitations was 'no exposing of navels'.
2000s [ ] During the 2000s, it became common among young women to expose their belly buttons by rolling up their shirts similar to a crop-top. During sport events such as football, the female audience apply body paints or temporary tattoos around their belly buttons.
In 2010, Korean girl group 's dance routine that involved lifting up their shirts to expose their navels became popular. The band stated in an interview, 'We have to keep our abs in shape for the belly button dance.' But the routine was subsequently has been banned. The TV show told girl groups to restrain showing their skin too much and about their outfits. In 2013,, a member of Korean girl band, caused a minor controversy by revealing an exposed midriff featuring a protruding cantaloupe-like outie navel, which started a spirited discussion and polarized opinions on the Chinese-language internet.
Although, the formal wear is expected to cover the stomach and belly button.
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