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November 30, 2016

squatting-clarkThe sculpture of the Seated Scribe or Squatting Scribe; 4th Dynasty, 2620 – 2500 BC (the Louvre Museum in Paris)

The Copts must start cutting off all connection with Arab/Muslim culture by shaving their facial hair. This can be a good beginning. Yes, Copts must be clean shaven. I advocate this even if they are priests unless they are monks – and this should be optional.

I cannot understand the culture that puts in the mind of people that a mustache or a beard is a sign of manhood. This culture is foreign to us; and we must resist it.

The Pharaohs, our ancestors, were clean shaven – and so we must. In Ancient Egyptian art, an Egyptian is differentiated from a Libyan or Asian by the absence of facial hair.

I understand individual choice but for the phenomenon to be widely spread, one must come to the conclusion that it’s based on culture. You and I may have tried to grow a beard or mustache in the past without understanding the cultural significance of it – now you know! Shave!


4 Comments leave one →
  1. Cheri Berens permalink
    November 30, 2016 8:45 pm

    I agree with you and have thought the same thing for years. The original Egyptians, of which Copts are direct descendants of, did not grow beards or mustaches. They even removed body hair (using a honey paste). Egyptians have a long tradition of removing body and facial hair. Since the “Arab Spring”, which was really an Islamist Spring, I’ve hated to see any Egyptian male growing a beard. But most especially Copts.

  2. UnGétule permalink
    February 2, 2017 12:10 am

    Well, I don’t want to break the mood here, but I have to politely contradict you on one point: the mustache was present on some of the Ancient Egyptians people like Hesy-Ra or Rahotep:

    And there was also beards, though you’re right, it was far different from Arabs and Muslims beards, it was like this:

  3. March 28, 2017 12:40 am

    Just an FYI, Origen, the great Egyptian theologian, was against any man shaving, thinking that it would be a sign of effeminacy for men to do so. If the pre-Chalcedonian Coptic culture was against shaving, then Muslims took it from us Coptic Christians.

    • Dioscorus Boles permalink*
      March 29, 2017 10:14 am

      No. Facial hair a thing of the Asians. In Greek times, a beard was worn by philosophers. This is what Origen was alluding to.

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