In part one of this blog, I talked about the many different, interesting, and unique things you may or may not have known about beards. In the second and third installments of this blog, we are going to be talking about the history of beards and what they have meant to those who have worn them through the ages.
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In part one of this blog, we talked about some very unique and interesting facts about beards that you may or may not have known. I wanted to follow that blog up with more information about the beard and talk about its history. Please note that since facial hair has been apart of humanity since the very beginning, this is a very brief overview. I am very happy to share this history with you, and I also encourage you to go and do your own research. You are going to finds some very interesting and unique things yourself! Throughout history, the bead has stood for all different kinds of things; power, strength, health, royalty, and as a sign of true masculinity. While the return and popularity of facial hair has seen quite a comeback in the last ten years or so, much of that is due to fashion trends and pop culture more than proving masculinity or power than it did in years past. No matter how or why you wear your beard, it has quite a history as to why you now have the ability, choice, and freedom to wear them and how you care for them.
According to the History Cooperative and History Extra, beards started out as one of the most powerful tools every man naturally had at his disposal. Beards provided protection and warmth for the face from harsh elements, predators, and from one another. A thick and larger than life beard gave its wearer the power of intimidation when going up against their foes. The more fearsome the beard, the more powerful the wearer. From this early culture to ancient Rome, Egypt, in the Viking culture and in the Middle East, the beard was regarded with dignity, wisdom, and honor. Those who grew powerful beards that were lush and long were men of great power. Those who were unworthy of a beard, who committed crimes, and who lost the respect of their people would be punished by getting their beards chopped off. This was a sign that they were not worthy of the power and honor that came with wearing or having a beard. They have also been extreme examples of masculinity from the dawning of time and regarded with extreme importance.
When it came to ancient Indian, Roman, and Egyptian cultures the beard continued its powerful reign. In India, a long beard was connected to dignity, wisdom, courage, and strength. In Egypt, the beard was worn as a sign of wealth, importance, and power. They were worn by royalty so no one could mistake or doubt their power. Many would even wear gold replicas of beards to truly prove their power and status. Others would dye their beards, wave gold thread through them, or add decorations of beads, shells, and fine gems to elevate their power and place. In Greece, the decoration of beards continued and grew, they too treated the cutting off of one’s beard as punishment.
How are you feeling about beards so far? The impact and importance they had in these first few cultures were incredible and, spoiler alert, the importance continued. Also, please note that the adoration, care, and time took on caring for one’s beard isn’t a new idea. This has gone on for thousands of years and has been very important since the dawning of time. As we learned in this blog, it was almost a matter of life and death. In part three of this blog, we are going to be finishing up the history of the beard and learning more about how the beard got to where it is today. Until next time, I am Patrick the Groomsmith and I am here with the best barbershop in Summerville, the best nonsurgical hair restoration in Summerville, and more.