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At the heart of her image

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In an ever-changing world, diversity is at the highest point it has ever been. Attending the University of Minnesota, Twin cities, the diversity rate is similarly through the roof. With all the diversity it's hard not to notice the unusual markings on some woman's faces. The red dot on a Hindu woman's forehead is nothing more than an indicator of her marital status. This red dot, called a bindi is arguably the most fascinating of all forms of body decoration. Hindus attach great importance to this ornamental mark on the forehead between the two eyebrows. They have believed that the forehead is a major nerve point in the human body since ancient times. The area between the eyebrows, the sixth chakra known as the 'agna' meaning 'command', is the seat of concealed wisdom. It is the center point wherein all experience is gathered in total concentration. It is usually a small or a big eye-catching round mark made on the forehead as adornment. In southern India, girls choose to wear a bindi, while in other parts of India it is a certain privilege for only married woman to wear. A red dot on the forehead is an auspicious sign of marriage and guarantees the social status and sanctity of the institution of marriage. According to the tantric cult, when during meditation the latent energy rises from the base of the spine towards the head, this is the probable outlet for this potent energy. The red dot between the eyebrows is said to retain energy in the human body and control the various levels of concentration. It is also the central point of the base of the creation itself while symbolizing auspiciousness and good fortune.
While this hoax is not completely wrong it was over simplified (Opposite of Occam's Claim) Viewers need to understand that this little symbol has more than one explanation. While the claim could be replicated (Replicability) and disproven (Falsifiability) depending on the culture, this claim is not 100% mistaken. Being a viewer, make sure to have more than one source backing up your knowledge.

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