I came across an article about the spiritual nature of hair in the Native American culture. As many black women move from the "creamy crack" to the "juices and berries" (get it? haha) method I wondered about the significance of hair in other cultures, specifically a culture that has always been known to have long, thick, hair. If you saw a black girl with long, black, straight hair it was assumed she had "some Indian" in he...yeah ok. The article refers to human hair as a "biological necessity". It suggests that our hair, when left to grow on its own without any manipulation, can increase vitality, tranquility, and intuition. It addresses something I never realized about Asian hair and the infamous bangs you see them sporting. Since being in Korea, I've heard from Korean women that they wear bangs to hide their flat foreheads. Umm...ok then. Even some of my students would say, "Teacher I want a round forehead like you".
Interestingly, the article states that:"The bones in the forehead are porous and function to transmit light to the pineal gland, which affects brain activity, as well as thyroid and sexual hormones. Cutting bangs which cover the forehead impedes this process. When Genghis Khan conquered China, he considered the Chinese to be a very wise, intelligent people who would not allow themselves to be subjugated. He therefore required all women in the country to cut their hair and wear bangs, because he knew this would serve to keep them timid and more easily controlled." So then I thought, say what now? Aren't Asian women stereotypically considered the most timid, passive, and submissive women?
Anyway, Native Americans believe that your hair is your connection to God and mother Earth; your connection to God's thoughts and powers. Cutting the hair is the cutting off of thought from God. Braids symbolize oneness and unity. Each strand woven together physically demonstrates "one mind, one heart, one soul".
In the article that I read, there is a claim that during the Vietnam War Native American reservations were combed through for young men with outstanding, almost supernatural, tracking abilities. The men chosen were known as the best warriors and good at tracking and survival. Once they joined the ranks and received the standard military haircut, their abilities disappeared and they were deemed failures..."-the older recruits replied consistently that when they received their required military haircuts, they could no longer 'sense' the enemy, they could no longer access a 'sixth sense', their 'intuition' no longer was reliable, they couldn't 'read' subtle signs as well or access subtle extrasensory information." SAY WHAAAATTT! A test was conducted to see if this was actually true. So, Native Americans..some if them, were exempted from military regulated haircuts.
Now, I ain't no fool, so I did more research about this Native Americans in the Vietnam War story and I found that many consider this story a myth. Many believe that the correlation between long hair and heightened carnal functions is utter bullshit. But it does make you think. The links to the articles are below. What do you think? Below are links to the articles and other information on the topic. Peace and Light Good People.