Why monks had that haircut

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There was a lot of thought behind the style — and controversy.



What was the deal with that monk haircut? In this episode of Vox Almanac, Phil Edwards explores the history and controversy behind the style.

Known as "tonsure," the typical monk hairstyle has many variations throughout religions. The particular hairstyle worn by Christian monks has its own variations and controversies as well. Three different types of tonsure were popular: a coronal tonsure, a Pauline tonsure, and a third Celtic tonsure that came to represent the differences between the Roman Catholic and Celtic Catholic church.

The winding path of this tonsure is a new way to look at the division within the religion and the unpredictable ways something like hair can represent faith.




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Day 8 of quarantine: learning about monk haircuts

Author — Selene Brown

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And so, why did monks have that haircut?

Author — BenTheBen

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okay but like am i going crazy or was the title question was never answered

Author — gvillxtine 27

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FOR THOSE WHO ACTUALLY WANTED THE ANSWER TO THE QUESTION “WHY DO MONKS HAVE THAT HAIRCUT?”:

(This is a very quick answer to sum up a lot of historical discussion)

- Hair = riches, power, vanity and sexuality etc. In cutting off their hair, monks were showing their willingness to forgo worldly concerns, principally wealth and sexual relationships - for the same reason, Christian nuns cover their hair.
- alongside this, short hair mimicked those who had become slaves, showing them to be servants to christ
- it is thought that the original disciples of jesus similarly cut their hair
- there was also a strong element of group identity; those of a religious order were instantly recognisable
- it showed discipline; keeping hair in this style required maintenance and not doing so was often seen as abandoning the religious way of life

PS most believe, I think, that the Celtic tonsure was shaved in front of a line running from ear to ear. The Roman = crown of thorns, The Celtic = indicative of slavery

Author — Helen

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Only 4th century kids will remember this trend

Author — save bandit!

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Next time I see a skinhead, I'll be sure to tell him I like his pauline tonsure.

Author — Aven W.

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Pick your fighter

*MONK HAIRCUT*
or
*BOWL CUT*
or
*MULLET*

Author — Mechanical Fruit

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3:52 Those 7th century computer graphics

Author — The Danielnator

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The very reason that this was ever used as a haircut is because that's exactly how guys lose their hair when they age...
the haircut is kind of like a "well there's already a spot there let's make it uniform and say we did it on purpose"

Author — Cameron Rudolph

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I had a friend in middle school who shaved his head like that for extra credit in our world history class. He got the credit.

Author — Brooke Frohlich

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Barber:what do you want today
Monks:you've seen a halo
Barber:say nomore

Author — wilfredo Martinez

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He's going to hide a pizza slice in that tonsure

Author — Ian Michael Soriano

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Youtube is scary. This video is recommended right exact on the same day I learned about European monks at school

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Barber: How may I help you?
Monk: I like Saturn
Barber: Say no more

Author — Mohd Saif

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Me: I know a pretty good amount of information, I am content.

Me: *sees this video*

Nevermind, I definitely need to know this. I didn’t know I needed to know this until just now.

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Me: has a test tomorrow
Youtube: HEY WANNA WATCH A VIDEO ABOUT MONK HAIRCUTS?

Author — Thijs de Boer

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Back then, they thought it was trendy, so imagine in 100 years that our now trendy hairstyles will be considered weird in the future

Author — ultimate dumbass

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They had that haircut to ensure a celibate life.

Author — Fabricio Larios

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It’s 4:30 in the morning... what am I doing with my life? 🤨

Author — Sydney Mancuso

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“Damn. I’m losing my hair. How can I keep people from knowing? I guess I could shave it just a little more and say it’s a religious thing.”

Author — Chase Wulff