Did Adam and Eve have a navel? This pressing question has haunted philosophers, theologians and artists for centuries. The navel is the source of myths and mysteries. This central anatomical feature has links to many cultural spiritual, sexual narratives around the world. Here is one culinary fact to begin the process of pondering the navel.

An Italian chef who supposedly caught a glimpse of Venus’ navel was inspired to create tortellini.
The navel or belly button is the result of disconnecting an infant from the umbilical cord attached to the mother. It can represent the connection or independence of life depending on your point of view. It is definitely the result of transition. But that is a transition not experienced by the original couple: according to the Genesis narrative Adam and Eve were formed complete. In spite of or despite this clear reference, most depictions of Adam and Eve have a navel. Philosophers have debated whether God would give the original couple a navel so that they would not be ostracized while others felt that God would not deceive Adam and Eve by giving them a ‘piece’ of anatomy with no purpose. To avoid this controversy, many artists just created very large fig leaves to cover the genitals and the area where a navel would be!

This little ‘button’ comes in two major categories: the innie or an outie. If the cutting of the cord is done with a lack of skill the ‘outie’ can actually protrude from the belly be visually distracting and an irritant when having to wear clothes. Sometimes the shape of the belly button is merely determined by the muscles in your stomach. It seems that the ‘innie’ is most popular aesthetically.

The exposure of this part of anatomy has been a focus of some recent fashion trends thanks to the beautiful navels displayed by Cher and Britney Spears. However, the Indian tradition often encourages the woman to expose their navel because it is a symbol of birth and life. Often women wrap their sarees below the navel around their hips and bare their midriff. Judaism associates fecundity with belly button and Hawaiian culture associates the navel with the primal node of the heart, mind and feelings.

The navel is a universal indicator that we are human and not gods. All mammals have this unique marking. The navel has been referred to it as the former mouth. It has been associated with sexual nurturing as well. The Greeks believed that the navel was the center of passion and call it omphalos after the mythical queen Omphale who enslaved Hercules with her overpowering femininity.

So this knot at the center of our being is something to contemplate, admire and explore. It is often decorated with tattoos and piercing. It is often the patient in cosmetic surgery. During the 1980’s many Japanese businessmen were influenced by a clever spiritualist, Hogen Funkunga, who proclaimed that the ”navel is the core of everything about the person”. This trendy philosophy influenced many Japanese businessmen to have their navel’s surgically reshaped.

Fascination, alvinophilia, or navel fetishism is among the top ten fetishes for both men and women. This little knot is not technically sexual but can play a significant role in sensuality. Because it is an attachment of your skin to the underlying muscles, it also has sensual potential. Licking and tickling the navel and drawing a moist line (with finger, feather or tongue) to the genitals can create a pleasant tingling sensation.

So contemplate your navel, decorate it, or sip a bit of vodka from it. Don’t just let it collect lint!

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