Definition - What does Cilice Belt mean?
A cilice belt refers to an accessory that is worn close to the skin and designed to inflict discomfort when worn. The item was originally worn by religious individuals as a symbol of repentance and atonement.
Kinkly explains Cilice Belt
Despite the belief made popular by the Hollywood movie The Da Vinci Code, a cilice is not meant to cause pain and damage to the wearer. It is supposed to cause discomfort, but not pain, bleeding, or harm to the individual's health. Reasons for wearing a cilice are similar to reasons for religious fasting.