The fascinating history of the monastic tonsure!

Alright, I know what you’re thinking — this isn’t a history blog, then why the heck is he posting something as boring as the monastic tonsure for christ sake (pun intended, of course)! Listen, I bumped into this while going through my feeds and simply got hooked! And you know what happens next… I explored.

So, I thought of sharing this fascinating history about the monastic tonsure. Here’s a few things you should absolutely know:

  1. Started in the 5th century
  2. It’s a sign of religious devotion
  3. Originated from Catholicism but was banned in 1972 by the Papal
  4. But definitely not limited to the Catholics. It’s been practiced by the Buddhists, Hindus, Islamists, Jews, and other religious practitioners as well.
  5. You can think of the tonsures as the modern day Buzz Cut. You’ll see variations of it according to one’s (religious) beliefs, fashion, convenience, cult or simply aesthetics.

While there’s a lot about Tonsure on the internet, most of the information is scattered. There’s one on Wikipedia, but I’m sharing the best version I could find below. It’s worth 5 minutes of your time:

by Vox Media

Fascinating, right? Who knew?

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