> However, it is traditional in ancient Judaism for married women to have
> shaven heads and to wear wigs or cover their heads..
I've heard they still do this in some of the more extremely
conservative Jewish communities (think it was in California)
> Moslem women wear hajubs ( sp)..
("hijab", s. and pl. Can vary somewhat by region)
Seems to me the later is a **lot** more likely at least
> the idea behind these instances are, I believe, to cover up the physical
> beauty so that only the spiritual beauty could be seen.
> Also Perhaps there is a case to be made that the women would be beautiful only
> to their husbands ...
> just random thoughts .. regards
(s'more random thoughts from the peanut gallery...
A couple of other instances of non- or maybe quasi-"penance"
It Has Been Theorized (read: I don't have the source) that
nuns in the middle ages shaved their heads, maybe more as a
"new start" in life, and to lose the distraction that having
Good Hair would impose on them *and* on the mental and
physical reactions of any random guys that should happen to
walk by (we *are* responsible for *all* that behavior of
theirs now, aren't we...;-P ththththt!)
Some African religions shave the initiates' heads for the
first ceremony of their lives as Voodoo initiates. (No, i'm
sure you know i don't mean the messy Hollywood versions:)
Egyptian women (and men) may have shaved for lot more
practical reasons: Bugs!
Heather, R.A. (Rank Amateur)