Your hair frames your face, it can emphasize any area you want. A new haircut can make you look younger, older, slimmer, more confident. it can even change the way you think about yourself. but people sometimes wonder Why do monks have strange haircuts?
Nowadays Going bald is a new trend and makes life a lot easier. Not only do you have to worry about grooming, but you can throw away societal expectations as well. So much religious artwork survives from the Middle Ages, we are familiar with the strange way monks wore their hair. What was the deal with that monk haircut?
The act of shaving one’s hair on the scalp is known as tonsure and it has been associated with a multitude of religions throughout history. The particular hairstyle worn by Christian monks has its 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 first, the coronal tonsure, is the one we see in countless Medieval and Renaissance paintings: a bald pate at the crown surrounded by a fringe of hair, possibly meant to evoke the crown of thorns.
Next is the Pauline, a fully shaved head, seen much less in Western art since it was “used more commonly in Eastern Orthodoxy.”
The third style of tonsure caused all the trouble. Or rather, it was this style that served as a visible sign of religious differences between the Roman Catholic Church and the churches in Britain and Ireland.
Historians say that monastic hairstyles also may relate to the ancient custom of shaving the heads of male slaves. Some early monks who began shaving their heads voluntarily referred to themselves as "slaves of Christ." Such hairstyles thus would show that a person entering religious life intends to subordinate his own will to the will of God.
The term tonsure originates from the Latin word tōnsūra (meaning "clipping" or "shearing") and referred to a specific practice in medieval Catholicism, abandoned by papal order in 1972. Tonsure can also refer to the secular practice of shaving all or part of the scalp to show support or sympathy, or to designate mourning. Current usage more generally refers to cutting or shaving for monks, devotees, or mystics of any religion as a symbol of their renunciation of worldly fashion and esteem.
Tonsure is still a traditional practice in Catholicism by specific religious orders (with papal permission). It is also commonly used in the Eastern Orthodox Church for newly baptized members and is frequently used for Buddhist novices and monks.
Tonsure was so important in the monastic tradition that failure to maintain the style was thought of as being the same as abandoning the role of monk itself. Some monks could even lose their clerical state if they did not maintain the haircut.
The complete shaving of one's head bald or just shortening the hair exists as a traditional practice in Islam after completion of the Hajj and is also practiced by several Hindu religious orders.
A pattern in the dermatologic disease trichotillomania (compulsive pulling out of scalp hair) has been named after the pattern of this style.