August 10, 2011

The Beard as a Badge of Piety

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What's the connection between a hairy face and a man's faith?

"Go ahead, picture a religious Jew.

Now picture a Muslim cleric.

Now an Amish farmer.

What do they have in common? Beards. And not neatly trimmed beards, but, in the popular stereotype, long, unruly beards, which connote piety, spiritual intensity and a life so hard at study that there is no time for a shave. The scholar, the mystic, the terrorist, the holy man -- they all have beards."

Read the full article: Behold the Mighty Beard, a Badge of Piety and Religious Belonging

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Posted by Derek Markham at August 10, 2011 11:28 AM
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