In older times men who went to fight wars captured women and put chains around their hands and feet. A woman with rings on hands and feet meant that she belonged to someone already and no one dared touch or capture her again. At the present time the same signs are used to keep women in the house without other men daring to touch or even approach them.

  • Source: Fruzzetti, Lina M. Conch shell bangles, iron bangles: an analysis of women, marriage, and ritual in Bengal. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms, 1975.
  • Culture: Bengali
  • Location: Asia