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Dancing Fire

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your fourth finger? who came up with that idea? why not the other 4 fingers? ... :bigsmile:
 

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I think this was the reason behind it:

Before medical science discovered how the circulatory system functioned, people believed that a vein ran directly from the fourth finger on the left hand to the heart. Because of the hand–heart connection, they chose the descriptive name vena amoris, Latin for the vein of love, for this particular vein.
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So why do Asian countries wear theirs on the opposite hand?
 

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Polished|1468139556|4053908 said:
I think this was the reason behind it:

Before medical science discovered how the circulatory system functioned, people believed that a vein ran directly from the fourth finger on the left hand to the heart. Because of the hand–heart connection, they chose the descriptive name vena amoris, Latin for the vein of love, for this particular vein.
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That was always my belief, too.
 

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AprilBaby|1468183746|4054074 said:
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So why do Asian countries wear theirs on the opposite hand?
Good Q...I did asked a few Chinese women but they never gave me an answer... :confused:
 

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AprilBaby|1468183746|4054074 said:
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So why do Asian countries wear theirs on the opposite hand?

Not sure but as an Asian American growing up in the states, I found that the older generation tended not to wear any rings at all. Curious to hear the response though from others!
 

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I think the Germans also wear their rings on the right hand? I also read that somewhere in Europe, the woman wears an engagement ring on her left hand but when they get married she switches it to her right hand and wears the wedding ring on the left, so different rings for each finger. I can't remember if this is Germany or somewhere else in Europe. But anyway, I'm pretty sure the Germans do it differently from our way, ie wedding and engagement ring on third finger of left hand. I also had an idea that eastern European countries do it somewhat differently from us, too.
 

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Interestingly, I went to a Reform Jewish wedding last night, and the rabbi had them put rings on the right index finger for the vows, saying that it was the old belief that that blood vessel was the one that went straight to the heart!
Meawhile, my Gourmet magazine Viennese cookbook says the wedding ring itself is worn on the left hand during the engagement, then switched to the right hand once the couple marries.
 
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