Hair Covering for Spirituality
I wrote about my new found love of hair wrapping or hair covering, thanks to Rivka Malka and Andrea from Wrapunzel. As well as lapping up all their wisdom about tichels and how to tie them, I’ve also been reading their blog posts about spirituality.
For them, tichels and spirituality go hand in hand, because hair covering is an obligation of their faith. Now, I’m not Jewish, but this idea interested me and I wondered about hair covering in other faiths too.
Obviously, many Muslim women cover their hair, in a variety of ways. When we went on holiday to Northern Egypt, we were the only Western couple at the resort. I stood out like a sore thumb with my hair uncovered and I asked one of the women at our hotel to show me how to cover my hair. She showed me several different methods, but we agreed that what suited me best from them was having the scarf pulled back into a bun, away from my face.
From my days as a religious studies teacher, I also knew that some Christian women cover their hair, though mainly from the smaller sects, rather than the mainstream churches. Sikh women cover their hair in the prayer hall of the Gurdwara and some Hindu women cover theirs. I was interested in finding out whether women from my own faith covered their hair for spiritual reasons. Apparently, some do.
What I found is that many of the Pagan women that I came across in my research, who cite spirituality as a reason for hair covering, were followers of Hestia, Goddess of Hearth and Home. Hestia is sometimes depicted with her hair covered and all these women said that they felt called by Hestia to cover their hair as a sign of their loyalty to her.
I can’t help feeling that if Hestia were to call to me, she’d be asking me to be more on top of the housework before she worried about what was on top of my head. I guess she’s not calling to me 😉
I do feel called to cover my hair though, but I can’t begin to explain how or why. It just feels right to me. I don’t know if it is a spiritual calling, I can’t define the meaning for you. I can just tell you that it’s how I feel. And for now, that’s enough for me.
If you’d like to read more about other Pagan women who cover their hair, and their reasons for doing so, this article is a great place to start.