Introduction:Everybody has heard of the "red-headed vixen" and that "blondes have more fun", but there are dozens of superstitions about hair, including length of hair, color of hair and magical powers of hair. Let's explore some ancient superstitions about hair.
Run your fingers through a friend's red hair and good luck follows. Russian ancients believed that red hair was magical. However, medieval inquisitors considered red hair the sign of a Witch. In old Egypt, red hair was associated with the Egyptian god of magic and death. The children wore an amulet of protection so that Death would not visit them too soon.
When a lock of someone's hair is burned with intent, pain and death is inflicted on its owner. Boil a lock of your lover's hair and he will come. Cutting your own hair brings bad luck. So, how can one safely dispose of hair cuttings? It is best to bury them.
In Scotland, hair was believed to hold tremendous power over the weather. The lassies would not brush their hair when their lovers or brothers were at sea, for fear of causing a hurricane. When the "good" ladies went outside they kept their hair covered so other people would understand they weren't deliberately trying to trigger storms at sea.
A heinous crime called "Lewd Loosening of Hair" was a law during eighth century Bavaria. Various ancients believed long hair drove men to think "impure thoughts" and that people with long, dark hair possessed seductive powers.
Hair removal for spiritual purposes, such as Catholic Priests and nuns, symbolizes denouncement of worldly goods and passions. Accused people's hair was shorn during the Inquisitions, due to the belief that "Satan's Followers" hair magically served to protect them from harm. Hitler shaved off the prisoner's hair because he mirrored many of his actions by the Inquisition.
Remember that ancients believed magic was in most things, so that many superstitions about hair are just that - superstitions.
Interesting list. My red headed daughter will find number 1 enjoyable.
Fun list, thank you.
These are all so interesting (and maybe a little disturbing) myths about hair! Great list! H5
Interesting thoughts....never heard of most of these.
Fascinating superstition about hair. Number #4 is particularly strange and a little funny. Why couldn't the men just accept that they liked long hair instead of accusing the hair lol!
All of these are so unique in some way. Thank you for enlightening my mind and giving me a light spirit after a long day today. I needed this to read and enjoy.
Very interesting superstitions.
#5, the Spiritual Removal of Hair is very interesting, amazing what beliefs were and still are out there ..
Interesting lore about hair brushing!!
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