December 20, 2001 at 12:00 am #33392
The 'Indian dot' you are referring to is known as a bindi (pronounced bin-dee). Bindis were first worn by women in India who were married. This tradition is still carried on by many Indian females, but now they are also worn for fashion by married and non-married women. The 'dots' are not only red, but also come in many colors, shapes and designs now (which I'm sure you've seen worn by many actresses and musicians influenced by Indian culture). The reason the red bindis are so round is that they are actually 'stickers.' They feel almost felt-like, but the bindi has a sticky back so that it can stay on your forehead. This can be removed, and unlike many people's conceptions, they are not tattooed to your forehead. The red bindis can also be from a mixture of a red powder and water. This creates a paste that women also use. This is also used in religious ceremonies. If this is used in a religious ceremony, both men and women can wear it. Then it is not a bindi, but is known as a tika (pronounced tee-kah).