Nowadays one thing that men are more cautious about more than anything else is their BEARD. It has turned out to be so imperative piece of their face that men are spending more cash than they use to spend on shaving because there is an entire industry of beard grooming products growing swiftly. It is in the last few years that beard fashion has gained ground, but this not the 1st time it has happened.
False Beard Of Ancient Egypt
Egyptians pharaohs used to wear metal beard which was called a false beard. In real-life most Egyptian men were clean-shaven, yet pharaohs, even the female ones, wore a false metal beard. Typically the whiskers were plaited like a braid. Nobody is extremely certain about the reason of wearing a false beard; however it by one way or another associated the pharaoh to the divine beings.
Norms of Mesopotamian Beard culture
In Mesopotamian civilizations, upper-class men took utmost care of their facial hair. They used henna to die beard. Having a long, thick, and intricately styled were the norms of ancient cultures in Mesopotamia. Like girls use ribbons and thread in their hair, men’s in Mesopotamian civilizations used them in their beards.
Beard as a sign of wisdom and knowledge in Greeks
I don’t think I need to mention about the Greeks culture. Beard was a sign of wisdom and knowledge then until Alexander the Great ordered to shave because of military reasons. He was of the idea that beard will act a drawback in a battle as the opposing soldiers can take advantage by grabbing it. Though after years in 16th-century beard fashion came back but still suffered from objections and taxes. A person who wishes to keep a beard had to give a tax of 100 rubles each year with an add-on of carrying a medal proclaiming “beards are a ridiculous ornament.”
A very famous Chinese philosopher Confucius believed, no changes should be made to the human body as it is a gift from our parents to us. This belief resulted in Chinese people refraining from any modification to their bodies. There were no laws prohibiting shaving, it was just not encouraged. Most Chinese beards depicted from those times were long and thin.
The rise of Beard Culture
Beards again became popular in America when Abraham Lincoln became President. However, in Europe, many leaders and cultural icons like Karl Marx, Napoleon III, and Charles Dickens grew a long thick beard. This brought back the idea of Greeks where beard was a sign of experience and wisdom and knowledge. After that, the hippie culture in America brought the beard in fashion with the sensational band ‘The Beatles’.
In India, Beard has never acted as a problem or a barricade except for the military. In Army, only Sikhs are allowed to keep the beard. Also in Special Forces like MARCOS it is allowed to grow facial hair.
Current Trend of Beard
After knowing about the history of beard trends and fashion, one thing is clear that beard has always been a symbol of something good and the current trend is extremely different than the previous ones. But It seems that beard nowadays definitely doesn’t mean that you are necessarily intelligent or scholar, it is more of a fashion statement now.
A lot has been talked about the end of the current beard trend. Surveys have been conducted, articles have been published because like any other fashion trend which eventually goes out of style, a beard is no different. What are your thoughts about the same? Let me know in the comment section.