10 Holy Hairstyles
Hair has been used as a symbol of religion for a very long time. While some hairstyles began simply as ways to express people's feelings towards religion, others have actual meaning and have been used as old as the religions themselves. Here, we deal with ten of the most recognizable hairstyles across the religions. While more than ten of these religions exist, these ones on our list are clearly among the most common.
The jata is a type of hairstyle worn by the sadhus and rishis in the Hindu religion. This type of hairstyle is worn to signify the commitment towards the escape of the cycle of rebirth. They are a sign of denouncing the world including the lack of need for material wealth and abstaining. While they are worn mostly by men, there are cases where women called Shiva Sathulu also wear them as a way of showing their devotion to their divine husband shiva.
9. Catholic Tonsure
The Catholic tonsure is a unique hairstyle owing to its unique approach. While the other types of hairstyles have long hair, this one adopts short hair on the head while the crown is shaved clean. There was the Celtic tonsure which was different but the Catholic Church rejected the latter and kept to the earlier version. This hairstyle is worn by the Catholic monks after they have passed their training.
8. House of David
The House of David is a cult founded in 1903 in Michigan. Its leader, Benjamin Franklin Purnell, was following the biblical verse of Leviticus 19:27 in which it is stated that people should not shave off their hair and beards. The look of the members of this cult were a spectacle to behold. For the most part, the beards grew up to the groin area for most of the members of the cult.
The Kesh hairstyle is a Sikh hairstyle which is one of the five Ks that form the basis of the religion. Put simply, Kesh translates to uncut hair. For this reason, members of the Sikh religion, whether men, women or children, are not allowed to cut their hair. Not just the hair on the head but all the hair on their bodies. Most people have however deserted this hairstyle and opted for beauty perceptions.
The pabbajja is a hairstyle won by Buddhist monks. Generally, it is just shaving off the hair on all the parts of the body. It is mostly used as a ritual to transition from being a common man to an ascetic. It is a hairstyle common with boys who have just moved from being commoners and joining a monastery filled with other monks. The shaving is not as bald as other religions may require.
The Pe'ot is a Jewish hairstyle characterized by side locks of hair separated from the rest of the hair. The hairstyle is from the same biblical passage cited by the hairstyle donned by the followers of the House of David. While some people think this hairstyle is to be worn by specific people in the Jewish religion, the Torah states that it should be worn by all members of the religion to separate themselves from the non-believers.
The chudakarana is a hairstyle symbolizing the passage from one life to the next. It is obtained by cutting all the hair on the head of a child but the crown. It is usually cut when the child reaches a year old and is the first haircut the child will receive. If the child goes beyond three years, they are too old for this hairstyle and can thus not be said to be having a chudakarana.
The metzora is a name given to the victims of a skin disease known as Tzara'as. Unlike conventional skin diseases, this one only requires the intervention of the Kohanim priests to treat the victims. The victims are shaved then sent home to come back after seven days. They are then shaved a second time before being declared clean again to enter society as normal people.
2. Navajo Hair
Dreadlocks are the sacred hair of the Rastafarian religion. They can be obtained in many ways. While other religious hairstyles here are rarely seen in people of other religions, the dreadlocks can be seen all across the world. They are meant to mimic the look of a lion and its mane.