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Old 10-13-2011, 09:22 PM
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Buddhist monks shave it.

Amish men can't shave their beards.

Pentecostal women can't cut it.

Christian men are shameful if it's long.

Christian women are shameful if it's short.

Hindu women braid it.

Muslim women can't make it all crazy.



Why the obsession?
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Why? why not?

I wear my hair short and my beard kind of medium length [down to my nipples].



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Its a culture thing, no big deal.
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Why? why not?

I wear my hair short and my beard kind of medium length [down to my nipples].



No obsession.
Where I come from that's not medium length.
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Buddhist monks shave it.

Amish men can't shave their beards.

Pentecostal women can't cut it.

Christian men are shameful if it's long.

Christian women are shameful if it's short.

Hindu women braid it.

Muslim women can't make it all crazy.



Why the obsession?
Actually, for Amish men, it is an indication of marital status.
They do cut their beard before they marry. After they marry, they let it grow. Amish men do not wear wedding bands....so in a way, letting their beard grow is like their wedding ring. It tells other woemn "I'm off limits because I am taken".
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Actually, for Amish men, it is an indication of marital status.
They do cut their beard before they marry. After they marry, they let it grow. Amish men do not wear wedding bands....so in a way, letting their beard grow is like their wedding ring. It tells other woemn "I'm off limits because I am taken".
what do the women do to show they are "taken"
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what do the women do to show they are "taken"
They don't shave their armpits.
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They don't shave their armpits.
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Baptist here. It's cultural. Among mid-western Baptists it's generally frowned upon to wear a beard. This is really ironic considering Baptisms denominational roots are found among the Anabaptists who universally wore beards. Really it's a recent thing from the Hippie generation that beards had so much stigma attached to them.

Personally I like my beard. I always like to remind those naysayers that every prophet and Jesus had beards; why can't I?
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Pentecostal Women do cut their hair here anyway (Land down Under)
Hmmm did some Tai Chi once, female instructor slowly moved and up went the arms exposing some very hairy armpits
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They don't shave their armpits.
Oh ... I thought they braided their toe hair. My bad.
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Where I come from that's not medium length.
Around here probably half of men wear beards.

When I go to the survivalist fair/meetup each September it is more like 90% of men wear beards, and among them mine is pretty short.

My parents are mostly of the post-hippy culture where they see a beard and they think 'dirty' or unwashed. To my grandparents being shaved meant you had a job, hobos had beards.

To go back before the G.D. most men wore facial hair, either a mustache, beard or chops.
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Baptist here. It's cultural. Among mid-western Baptists it's generally frowned upon to wear a beard. This is really ironic considering Baptisms denominational roots are found among the Anabaptists who universally wore beards. Really it's a recent thing from the Hippie generation that beards had so much stigma attached to them.

Personally I like my beard. I always like to remind those naysayers that every prophet and Jesus had beards; why can't I?
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Extremely long blonde hair and big red braided beard for me! I personally wouldn't feel manly with short hair and no beard. It's long been a sign of masculinity and virility amongst ancient warriors, short shaved hair and no beard being for thralls, it's funny how things turn around is'nt it, short hair being now seen as uber masculine (due to the modern military stereotype, not that it matters either way), long hair feminine and most often associated with counter culture.
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I think that hair plays a big role in many cultures because it can be seen and identified easily at a distance. So, it can identify a religious group, tribe, social status, and many other things without having to guess or get too close.
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what do the women do to show they are "taken"
Traditionally, a white or black bonnet. In my area it is white. Most other areas I've seen it is black for married and white for single. All women (and 99% of the girls as well), when they go out in public wear a bonnet. This is for many purposes. One reason is because of the scriptural references regarding head coverings. Single women don't have to wear their head covering at home if they are still living under their father's roof, because their father is considered their covering.

SOMETIMES, in less conservative Amish families, they will wear wedding bands (no diamonds, just the bands), but that is less often the case....at least in my area it is a lot less common.

Different sects and areas do it differently and it really is a matter of getting to know the ones closest to you.
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About Pentecostal women not cutting their hair:

There are many denominations of Pentecostals. In my area alone, we have several. One movement, Holiness Pentecostal, the women wear skirts to their ankles, long sleeves, no jewelry, don't cut their hair and no makeup. There are a couple of other movements similar but I am familiar with the Holiness movement because I used to be one!

I know of plenty of other pentecostal women that DO cut their hair though. One big one I can think of that most people have heard of is Joyce Meyer.
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I've had long and facial hair sense I moved out on my own. I got the if your going to live under my roof hair will be short. I got a job before I was finished with HS and got my own apartment.
I like the feel the look and am little concerned with what others think. Their loss if they judge me as less than I'm am. Pretty superficial to judge a person by their looks. IMO
Had a "Christian" friend tried to convince me I was going against God will by having it long and generally didn't agree with the way i worshiped.
Needless to say he no longer passes through my door. Also had another saying I had a beard because I was hiding.
Funny to those whom believe it wrong, how we see so many supposed inspired images of Jesus and the majority of the time he is bearded and had long hair.
Just must not be inspired, right?
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... Had a "Christian" friend tried to convince me I was going against God will by having it long and generally didn't agree with the way i worshiped.
Needless to say he no longer passes through my door. Also had another saying I had a beard because I was hiding.
Funny to those whom believe it wrong, how we see so many supposed inspired images of Jesus and the majority of the time he is bearded and had long hair.
Just must not be inspired, right?
My father insists that hair longer than a crew-cut is sinning.

The Bible reference is 'long hair', but who determines what is long? There is one passage that speaks of one of David's sons who was riding horseback through an orchard and his hair caught in a tree limb and it killed him.

I think that hair long enough to get caught in a passing tree limb and snap your neck, is some seriously long hair.

IMHO it is all cultural.

I got in the habit of wearing a beard in the Navy. Among sailors beards have been a long held tradition. I wore a beard for most of my Navy career.
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