Being fearless in the early dawn of my Mid-East Spring continues to take on new meanings, yet one thing remains constant: I’m not struggling with my faith or traditions so much as the interpretation of them by Middle Eastern men and the Western world.
Take the head coverings some of us choose to wear for modesty, cultural, and traditional reasons (or all three) and the scarves non-Muslim women wear for ceremonies, fashion, and warmth (or all three). Throughout history, across religions, cultures, and geographies, neither one is very dissimilar. Both the head coverings – the scarf and the veil – are symbols of sanctity, mourning, seclusion, chastity, and seduction – depending on the culture and the context.
The veil became a common symbol of sanctity and propriety for all faiths and traditions: and it’s still mandatory for many orthodox Jewish women who often wear head coverings
such as wigs or scarves for every day, during prayers, weddings and other ceremonial occasions. Christian women frequently wore the veil and today the head coverings have remained as part of the nun’s attire and the Christian bride’s wedding outfit. Islamic head coverings are a mandatory part of a woman’s attire according to the religion, many Islamic women, especially from the west, wear it by choice. For Hindus, head coverings are common in many parts of north India, but they are more social requirements than
religious and in southern India, head coverings are considered to be bad luck
1. Both are worn around the head, face, torso, or and shoulders.
2. In in various countries for religious reasons such as the outer covering of a nun’s headdress (West) and for modesty around the hair and face (East)
3. Are referenced as far back as 13th century BC according to Assyrian texts in Persian (East) and Greek women; the medieval Anglo-Saxon aristocracy wore fitted head coverings that covered most of their faces.
4. They may be part of religious attire (Catholic Holy Communion, Confirmation, and Weddings) or as part of everyday clothing (hijab), religious injunctions, and
5. Are a visible religious symbol that reflects our shared East-West notions of monotheism, successive prophets, revealed scriptures, and a religious history beginning with Abraham. Covering the World.
Two-piece headscarf, includes a fitted cap and a scarf draped over it.
Full length veil for women covering the entire body with only a netted screen for viewing.
Long black cloak-like garment used as a veil in many parts of southern Asia and Iran worn over a smaller headscarf.
A white coif and black veil are part of a Christian nun’s habit.
A long cotton veil that is tied back with a ribbon for ceremonial occasions and is intricately patterned.
Long rectangular piece of cloth used by many communities in northern and eastern India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and other Asian countries that is draped over regular clothes as a mark of respect and is worn regularly despite its ceremonial importance.
Square scarf, usually silk, in many patterns and designs which is a fashion statement in countries like Turkey that is draped around the head and neck.
Large head tie worn mostly by women in Western Africa in bright in colors and festively designed that is wrapped around the head.
Traditionally worn by Indian Hindu women this is an extension of a sari that is draped across the head and hides the face partially or fully.
Generic name for Islamic headscarves that is a triangular piece of cloth worn around the head and neck, leaving the face visible.
Cloak-like veil worn to cover the head, neck, shoulders and the upper part of the woman’s body, leaving only the face exposed.
Black face veil that leaves the eye area showing and popular in Afghanistan, the Middle East and most Arab nations.
Long rectangular headscarf worn primarily in the Gulf region around the head and pinned to the shoulder.
Layered and patterned one-piece scarf worn around the face in Malaysia and Indonesia.
Worn across the face of Christian brides and comes in different types of materials, usually in lace or tulle; is often white and transparent; trimmed in beads crystals or pearls; can be short enough to veil just the bride’s face, shoulder or full, cathedral length. The most common among these are Mantilla, Bouffant, Fingertip, Elbow, Blusher, Ballerina, and Flyaway
Post by : Iram Ganju