I have talked at length about hair and hairs and hair stuff - a big topic in India!
And here is one clinic that offers to get you your hair back!
But careful cause you might also get a new face!
“Hair is a powerful metaphor in Hindu mythology.
Krishna has curly hair. Balarama has straight silky hair. Shiva has thick matted hair. The Goddesses – Lakshmi, Saraswati and Durga – have loose unbound hair.
Hair has long been used in India to convey a message.
Unbound unruly hair represents wild nature.
Well oiled and combed hair represents culture.
That is why the wild Kali’s hair is unbound while the domestic Gauri’s hair is well bound and in her temples devotees make offerings of gajra, a string of flowers to tie up the hair.
In the Ramayana, the last jewel of Sita is the hairpin that she gives Hanuman to convey to Ram that her honor, and his reputation, stand in a precarious position.
Shiva’s dreadlocks represent the potent power of his mind that enables him to catch and bind the unruly and wild river-goddess Ganga.
Shaving the head is associated with asceticism.
Buddhist monks shaved their heads.
Jain monks plucked their hair from the roots; to survive the pain is to convey that one is willing to suffer the challenges offered by monasticism.
Brahmins shaved their head but left a tuft in the end, an indicator that they were not monks but very much part of worldly life. This Brahmin tuft is tied up to show control; Chanakya of legend famously untied this tuft to display his rage and tied it only when the Nanda dynasty of Magadha had been brought to its knees.
The hair of widows was shaved to enforce monasticism on them. It was this or the pyre, in medieval India, for those unfortunate women. The head is shaved to display bereavement as well as devotion.”
I have spoken a lot about hairs.
Hairs that grow more in India due to the humid climate (see here).
Hairs that Sikh people let grow and put in a turban (see here).
Hairs that a cricket star shaved after winning a game (see here).
And here a few words about the business of hairs.
”Many Indian women offer their hair to deities in Hindu temples in a show of (Click on “Lire la suite” to read more)
In India, hair is really important.
I tried to look for proper article on the same but could not find anything really so I will gather a few things I can remember about it!
There are temples where people shave off and give their hair as an offering to god – which hair is then sent to Italy, treated and recycled in very expensive wigs).
There are the Jaïn nuns who have to pluck every hair from their head when they become nuns.
There are the Sikhs who don’t cut their hair and hide it in a turban to “show God that their “human” beauty has no value”.
There are the Hindu widows who are supposed to shave their head – it is less done today but when you visit the countryside and see a woman with very short hair, you can’t help wondering whether her husband has recently passed away.
There are the Muslim women who hide their hair.
And the best example is still this one:
A majority of Indian men never go out without their comb and they frequently use it!! No better way to become rich than starting a comb factory!!