In all things, therefore, they endeavored to draw a line between themselves and the mass. In their habits, in their demeanor, in their very dress.
They wore long robes which descended to the heel, while that of others came only to the knee; their hair was short and their beards long, while the Britons wore but moustaches on their upper lips, and their hair generally long.
Instead of sandals they wore wooden shoes of a pentagonal shape, and carried in their hands a white wand called slatan drui' eachd, or magic wand, and certain mystical ornaments around their necks and upon their breasts.
There was also some special tonsure used by the Druids, which may have denoted servitude to the gods, as it was customary for a warrior to vow his hair to a divinity if victory was granted him. Similarly the Druid's hair would be presented to the gods, and the tonsure would mark their minister.
Many of the early Christian churches were erected on pagan religious sites in Ireland, Scotland and Wales by converted Druids. Many of the early Christian Saints of Ireland, Scotland and Wales were in fact Druids, instructed by Druids or the children of Druids. The Christian Druids had the same social function of the Druids in Celtic culture of the pagan past. What is far more important is that the culture saw them as the same and this may explain the bloodless Christian conversion of the Celts of the British Isles. To state it simply, the Druids were a social caste and their conversion to Christianity did not change their social function in Celtic culture. Christ was simply the new Druid in charge!
The druid tonsure and habit of the monks of the Celtic Church was a bone of contention with Pope Gregory and it wasn't until the 8th century that the monks of Iona (Scotland) adopted the tonsure of Saint Peter. The Druid influence was so pervasive that the Roman Church accused the Celtic Church of the sins of Simon Magus (magic)."
The Britons were accustomed to shave the whole head in front of a line drawn from ear to ear, instead of using the coronal tonsure of the Romans. This, though there is no real evidence that it was the practice of the Druids, was nicknamed tonsura magorum. (Magus was accepted as equivalent to druid, and to this day the Magoi of Matthew 2, are druidhean in the Scottish Gaelic Bible.) Later, the Roman party jeered at it as the tonsura Simonis Magi, in contradistinction to their "tonsure of St. Peter".
The guys often have hair longer than the girls! And I'm not talking about 80's glam metal either - I mean the modern, mainstream stuff!
fedelmia wrote:well...I can't resist...I have to quote from "Withnail and I"....
"I don't advise a haircut, man. All hairdressers are in the employment of the government. Hairs are your aerials. They pick up signals from the cosmos, and transmit them directly into the brain. This is the reason bald-headed men are uptight."
Alasdair wrote:Hi everyone. Something this semester sparked an interesting thought. I have two female professors. Both have "boy" haircuts, meaning they are cut shorter than usual, and are kept trimmed around the edges. One of my professors is probably in her mid 30's and, quite honestly, would be drop dead gorgeous if she grew out her hair :oops: . My question is this: Do you think that by having a "boy" haircut, it establishes their role in a more professional way, eliminating some of the sex-appeal of being an attractive female? It confuses me either way, because although they are both professors, they could certainly dress in clothing that is still appropriate but fits their figure much better. What do you think?
Consider this: How much water is used up in the time it takes to shower long hair, versus short hair? How many chemicals - shampoo, conditioner, styling agents - are released into the air and water to maintain long hair? Shouldn't a Druid have concern over such things? How much money is spent on those products? How much time is wasted on styling? Aren't there more important things to do?
Cailleachna wrote:That said, I do currently dye it orange/red (using natural henna).
wyeuro wrote:it's a bit sad for those whose criterion is whether it looks 'nice' or not, especially if a woman only looks nice if she looks 'female' - or should that read 'feeblemale'? may be corny, but what happened to the beauty of a soul shining through??? that's going to be just as easy to find no matter what the hairstyle.
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