Does Fear of Hair Loss Have Something to Do With Chinese Dynasties?

Long hair or short hair, is that the question?

Can you believe that getting a haircut was disrespectful to your parents and your soul, according to ancient Chinese culture?

Once it was believed that to preserve the hair was almost more important than life itself, and this came from the fact that our parents give us life and we should not change anything after being born.

It’s an interesting thought if we consider that nowadays most people have wanted to change something about themselves since they were kids.

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This video shows how people wore their hair was related not only to social status, but also marriage status, ethnicity, or political alignment, highlighting the importance of hair throughout Chinese history.

Recently I came across an article about the importance of long hair to Native Americans that caught my attention.

(Image: Edward Sheriff Curtis/Wikimedia)

(Image: Edward Sheriff Curtis/Wikimedia)

The article is called “The truth about long hair,” and you can read it here. It explains that having long hair gave American Indians access to a “sixth sense” or intuition that was no longer reliable once they cut it.

Some believe that hair is an extension of the nervous system.

It looks rather like exterior nerves, “feelers” or antennae that transmit vast amounts of important information to the brain stem, the limbic system, and the neocortex. Hair also emits electromagnetic energy from the brain into the outer environment.

Maybe the story of Samson and Delilah is more than just history, and probably the ancient Chinese knew more than they told us.

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