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Old 07-19-2007, 12:21 PM
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Why do monks shave their heads?

Are there bald female monks?
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Old 07-19-2007, 12:35 PM
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It's usually part of the renunciation of "worldly" things and coincides with their vows of celibacy and poverty. Typically, monks and nuns go through a head-shaving ritual during their ordination that is considered to be a powerful and sacred ceremony. In Tibetan monasteries, when children are admitted, they have their heads shaved except for a small lock of hair at the top that they leave to be about an inch long. Once the children monks and nuns pass through their initiatory training, the lock is shaved off to fully welcome them into the monastic order.

As you can see, nuns are typically bald, too.




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Old 07-19-2007, 12:38 PM
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There's a tradition of baldness among many orders of Christian monks, too.
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Old 07-19-2007, 12:40 PM
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There's a tradition of baldness among many orders of Christian monks, too.
And from what I understand, for the same reasons, too.




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Hair represents age and growth. By shaving it, you are symbolically starting over...
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Why do monks shave their heads?

Are there bald female monks?
Hair represents vanity and attachment to worldly things.

(Hmm.... why did the story of Samson and Delilah all of the sudden come to mind?)

Ya gotta admit, or at least I do, that there is something incredibly symbolically powerful about the act of shaving one's head. Whether its a Buddhist monk or Britney Spears, it is almost always associated with renunciation of one's past life.
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Hair represents vanity and attachment to worldly things.

(Hmm.... why did the story of Samson and Delilah all of the sudden come to mind?)

Ya gotta admit, or at least I do, that there is something incredibly symbolically powerful about the act of shaving one's head. Whether its a Buddhist monk or Britney Spears, it is almost always associated with renunciation of one's past life.
I also think of G.I. Jane, too. I was always impressed that Demi Moore could pull off that look.




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Hair represents vanity and attachment to worldly things.

(Hmm.... why did the story of Samson and Delilah all of the sudden come to mind?)

Ya gotta admit, or at least I do, that there is something incredibly symbolically powerful about the act of shaving one's head. Whether its a Buddhist monk or Britney Spears, it is almost always associated with renunciation of one's past life.
Yeah, I see that now. Even a cancer head shave can be seen in that light.
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To get rid of all vanity i think. Because when yoou have hair you have to take care of it. So monks shouldnt do that.
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