Wednesday, December 30, 2009

"Should Christian Women Cover Their Heads?"

"Welcome to Keeping The Home: Should Christian Women Cover Their Heads?"

Many people looking into this part of the Christian Bible have written that they would like to hear more women talk about the Apostle Paul's instructions on head covering. I try to post as many of those writings as I can, as I find them on the internet. Perhaps most old books and extended studies found online seem to be written by men, but women certainly write more about actually covering their heads for prayer. The study shared here is one of those good, thoughtful women who is certainly not merely covering because her husband or her church family "told her to", but because of much study and prayer. In her introduction she writes:

I've looked at it from the angle that the covering is the woman's hair, or that the covering is only the spiritual covering of the husband, that the covering is not for today, and the view that covering is for today, and should be observed. Which is right? I don't want man's traditions, nor do I care if all women covered in history. I only care about what God wants. I don't care if the church I attend agrees with it or not, and if I cover, I don't care if I'm the only one in the world to do so. If God's Word says to do it, then I'm in.
Some folks do care a great deal about what their church family, or their physical family, thinks about this issue. I like how she's summed this up though. She discusses the passage in 1 Corinthians 11 and the meanings behind the words. She talks about what inferences can be made from this passage. She even explains the how-to of head covering, and where to find head coverings (from Wal Mart to online stores). A few comments were made pointing out their own conflicting understandings of this passage as well. Please read.

"But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered." -1 Corinthians 11:5-6

Monday, December 28, 2009

"Anglicans, Covering, Hats and Tradition"

Anglicans, Covering, Hats and Tradition, in "Anglican, Plain"

Some good and sweet thoughts here; please read. The author talks about the why and the how of headcovering in this concise article in plain and simple words.

Video : Kipot / Yaramulkes

Kipot: Yaramulkes (Jewish head coverings) | Videos |

A home made video, generally informative, especially good for those who have no idea why Jewish men wear those headcoverings. The main idea as presented here is that the head is covered to show respect, and to remind one of the presence of GOD. The transcript accompanying this video contains several errors in transcription.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Continuing studies in 1 Corinthians

Seek ye first the Kingdom: Headcovering Part IV - Problem with hair (part a)

A young Christian brother studies various harder topics in the Bible, using his knowledge of language and culture. See his other articles on the head covering as well.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

what about the husband's opinion?

Two things came in on this recently.

First, a video from a few weeks ago:

"My thoughts on my Wife's headcovering"
by Shirotora1979 on YouTube
Other videos are linked from this man, his wife, and other similar videos, on this YouTube page.

Today, a forum discussion:

"Head Covering Baptists - husband is uncomfortable"
The poster is new to covering, and writes for advice, but in writing back after receiving some good advice and encouragement from other posters at this forum, she sounds as if she'd rather give in to her husband than to what she feels that God wants for her to do.

Do husbands realize the incredible sense of power that they have over their wives - even smart and strong ones? You don't need to physically beat us or verbally insult us - just simple disapproval is enough to have us leaving the church and disobeying our own conscience... to please you. Not every woman will do these things, but nearly every wife will consider these things. Apparently some husbands do understand how much they can build up their wives by encouraging their wives to obey in something seemingly simple like headcovering, which they may either not understand or even agree with. Surely, we wives need to understand how every little thing we do and say can affect our husbands' sense of self-esteem - and certainly our husbands need to understand how little things can affect how we see the love of God too.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Blog Articles for Today 12/18/09

Hopeful Housewife » Blog Archive » Revisiting Headcovering…
By Andrea
Revisiting Headcovering… Sorta. I'm gonna post these pics, and will discuss my thoughts in about a week or so. This is not a topic that is foreign to me, as I have considered headcovering more than once before. ...
Hopeful Housewife -

My Path To God » Blog Archive » Headcovering & Submission
By admin
Christ is the authority over everything and when I read what Brother Nee and Lee have written about head covering they state; #1 it is not to be taken doctrinally #2 it is really a sign to the angels that man is submitting to Christ's ...
My Path To God -

Headcoverings Made by Christian Women for Christian Women
By Maryandra
Making headcoverings has become somewhat of a family tradition...the skill has been handed down from Charlotte, to her daughter-in-law, Dena, to her daughter-in-law, Maryandra (me). We are pleased to be able to provide coverings for ...
Headcoverings Made by Christian... -

The Pursuit of Truth: College Woes
By RA~
Coming into school I planned to take my faith to the next level where I figured people wouldn't judge me or feel uncomfortable with my headcoverings and daily spiritual expression. I thought I would meet tons of new people: both ...
The Pursuit of Truth -

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Christian Headcovering videos and tapes

"raggedy cottage and garden: Christian Headcovering"

- this link will bring to you a listing of a sermon in several parts that was uploaded to YouTube videos.

As another resource in finding information on headcoverings, Christian and otherwise, you can - very very carefully!!!! - turn to YouTube for some helpful information.

Check the suggested similar videos on the sidebar for more personal and other types of videos that have been uploaded which explain and illustrate headcoverings and the issues surrounding these pieces of cloth. Always be careful on YouTube - it's open to the whole world. Use discretion, or search with a friend nearby if strange teachings come up.

I always find it interesting that there are so many interpretations and differences between people, even among those who are called Christians and who seemingly use the same Book to go by. It is true for Jews and Muslims as well, the many interpretations.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

"headcovering" on Etsy

Looking for handmade headcoverings? Have you heard of "ETSY"? An online flea market of sorts for well hand made goods, and lots of other stuff. Many folks familiar with looking for headcoverings - how to make them, how to wear them, where to buy them, etc. - may have heard of "Garlands of Grace", an online store that has become quite popular, due to their variety of well-made, pretty head coverings, from headbands to snoods. And there are lots more headcovering folks on Etsy.

Click here for the start page listing the 408 entries of "handmade" "headcoverings" on Etsy: headcovering on Etsy, a global handmade and vintage marketplace.

Or just click for these Etsy stores, found in the first 7 or 8 pages of entries:

Garlands of Grace
Happy Homestead
The Apron Thief
Sowers of Hope
Covered Ladies Designs
Eufrosina's Shop
Headcoverings by Devorah (yes, the same Devorah as the website)
JMJ Veiled Beauty
Ameera Designs

None of these shops are paying for me to advertise for them - but I do hope their good services are rewarded! :)

"Feeling Cool With A Head Scarf"

"Looking Fashionably Cool And Feeling Cool With A Head Scarf - Clothing"
By: Benedict Perez, found in ""

Short article begins:

"That piece of cloth we used to carelessly wound around our head as we work outdoors or indoors with the chores has never been the same. This was when fashion gurus of today redefined the head gear that used to merely hide imperfections or protect us from draft or the searing heat of the sun. After researching on the common difficulties experienced by wearers of a typical baseball cap, sun hat or visor, and a silk or cotton scarf, these style geniuses came out with fashionable solutions that merge function for necessity and beauty.

Common hat and head scarf wearers often experience annoyance when scarves slip off too easily or are difficult to tie in place. Also the scarf often needs a hat worn on top of it to shade the eyes and face from the sun. On the other hand, hats sometimes lack the glamorous flair or fail to protect the neck part from getting sunburned.

Nowadays, the market for the head scarf has grown due to the increasing variety of styles, designs and ideas presented by designers. This is much to the delight of those of us who always like breaks in the monotonies of mundane living. Thus, we find the emergence of multi-colored crinkled scarves that can be transformed into great turbans, and beautifully printed pieces with elastic fibers to facilitate easy gathering and tying of end folds." . . .

[The article ends with these interesting links to]

No wonder some people go gaga over collecting hats and scarves. Today's modern designers however have married the concepts of these two accessories to make designs for a head scarf that would serve their practical function as well as achieve a stunning fashion statement. Click here to find more selections.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

About Those Headcoverings - the Blog

Blessings and warm greetings to my followers and readers, and those who have stumbled across my little blog.

I have not been keeping up with all the news and notes coming across the web "wires" lately, and I apologize for that -- especially if you are one of those who has posted a good article or news link, or are interested in the current news regarding the wearing of head coverings.

This blog entry is also to give notice that, since I will be spending less time with the blog, I will have to also cut back on the articles that I publish here. That makes me sad. I like being able to keep many news items and informative essays here all in one place, because I know that, like I was doing at one time, there are ladies and gentlemen every day getting on the internet to research and try to figure out the purpose and/or spirit behind "those headcoverings!" And I like thinking that maybe I can help.

I like to make connections and show how the wearing of head coverings is a phenomenon that goes way beyond the common simplification of the subordination of women, or the mere symbol of an ideology. Head coverings have been worn throughout time, throughout the world, by women and men for a variety of reasons: physical reasons and spiritual ones. The personal results, and the interpretations by others are just as varied. Laws that are made for or against them do affect many more people than just those within that jurisdiction.

I like to make connections between like-minded believers who cover, to help them find people or places or online stores to help them in their daily walk. These folks encourage me, and I want to pass it on!

Funny to me, I still reach the same conclusion about head coverings, though now with knowledge of many more nuances than I had before: "Wearing a head covering is (and should be) a FREE-WILL, MODEST, FEMININE and NATURAL CHOICE made by women all over the world, throughout the ages."

Headcoverings should be worn for personal reasons. Should be allowed to be worn for personal reasons. Should be respected by others. Whether Jewish, or Sikh, or Muslim, or Christian, or Hindu, or Wicca, or Pagan, or for modesty, or to hide a balding scalp, or to protect one against the elements both sunny and freezing, or because someone thinks it looks pretty or cool, or because someone loves the tradition of their elders, or because one wants to identify with their home team, or to stand out in the woods while hunting, or to protect the hair from dust and wind, or to protect the house from loose hairs, or... I am sure that there's more.

Truly there are places in the world where the covering of a man's head is a sign of disrespect. Unfortunately for those who wish to impose this tradition upon others, who are usually proclaiming that they are trying to promote non-religion in certain places, they must trace the tradition back to the Christian Bible's injunction of men uncovering their heads while in prayer or prophesying. (Either that, or to that of outdoor laborers who need to take off dirty head protection upon coming indoors. But I make this last part up myself, and have nothing to back it up.) And of course there is no historical precedence for women to have to uncover their heads. The wiser thing to do in this internet and jet airplane connected world is to realize that HEADCOVERINGS SHOULD BE WORN FOR PERSONAL REASONS. Not forced on, or forced off. If we are so much more enlightened and civilized than the generations past, then we should be more tolerant and understanding. If we are merely the ignorant descendants of wiser, classical civilizations, then we should be more humble and willing to learn from them. Either way, it's time to grow up.

To those of you who cover: Be encouraged to wear your headcovering, and be prepared to give an answer to those who ask you the reason that you have for the hope in you which your headcovering represents. . . whether you are hoping to glorify God in your obedience and humble faith, or merely hoping to keep your head warm in an attractive way. Be encouraged, please, by the many archived articles and links in this little blog if you can.

To those of you who do not think that others should cover their heads: Please be encouraged to continue learning about all the reasons why folks just like you have chosen to cover. This blog is full of their testimonies, and links to many more articles answering your questions.

I hope that you will all be encouraged to learn more about ... those headcoverings. A simple piece of cloth, but, oh, what treasures behind are found.

Thank you for stopping by and reading to the end,


Saturday, December 5, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

"Are you ready for some… controversy? (AKA, headcovering)"

Anne Elliott » Blog Archive » Are you ready for some… controversy? (AKA, headcovering)

I will be coming back to read this on again later ... .

Covering in Schools

Oregon teachers may get OK to wear religious clothing in class | Oregon Education -

Following the ongoing story of the new rules in Oregon, which protected the rights of people to wear a headcovering, even if it reflects their religious background, in all public places and jobs EXCEPT for public schools. This article points out how Oregon is only one of 3 states to still have the law against wearing "religious garb" into a classroom, and it is found to be based on anti-catholic and immigration laws put in place by Klan members many years ago. Keep up with some of the discussion in Oregon here (and elsewhere on the web).


Meanwhile, on the other side of the world...

Kulhudhufushi school makes veil mandatory : Minivan News - Maldives News

Part of the story:

“They feel that if somebody wants their child to wear a veil that’s acceptable...but imposed on everybody alike, that’s objectionable,” he said.

A mother of a boy in grade one, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told Minivan News that the decision was put to a vote at a parent-teacher meeting two weeks ago and a majority of parents voted in favour of the new uniform.

She said parents were asked whether they supported the proposal to introduce long trousers for boys from grades one to four and the veil for girls from grade five to seven.

“They gave parents a piece of paper to tick if we supported it. I voted against it because I thought it would be difficult for boys that young to wear trousers,” she said.


And back in Canada, freedom is the issue ...

Bannning veils against Canadian constitution, students say : The Weekly Albertan

Students feel a request by the Muslim Canadian Congress (MCC) to ban the burka or any face-covering veils is against the Canadian constitution.

Sunday, November 22, 2009


HEAD COVERING REVISITED - Black Preaching Network

A very thorough article explaining the arguments for and against headcovering for praying Christian women, and using 1 Corinthians 11. From "Why Head Covering Is For Today", by Kevin Williams.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Praying Always

I came across this article and discussion which specifically addresses the Sikh - and the topic is one that is very close to others of us who are not Sikh: "Can one pray to GOD with head uncovered?" Of course, the words of my question here are not the words used in the article, where Sikh tradition, ritual and culture are being discussed. But when I initially skimmed through this article, I found several interesting thoughts - in that prayer is indeed a blessing and is more than outward ritual. Of course, when one covers their head or removes their shoes, for the Sikh, this is an outward sign of their highest respect and regard.

As a Christian, I also understand a reasoning for covering my head in respect during prayer. It is not always the most opportune situation when I may feel a desire to pray. Does this mean that because I cannot kneel, or have a chance to cover completely, or have someone present to pray with me, that I should not pray at all? By no means! I will always attempt to pray in the best circumstances that I can, with proper regard for GOD and for prayer itself, which is a wondrous privilege. But if it is not all that prayer can and should be, then should one refrain from prayer? What if unbelievers are present? Or I'm in a place where things may be going on that I do not take part in? Or if I have forgotten a scarf when I left the house in a hurry?

I know that some women will wear covering 24/7, just in case they want to pray at any moment. Does that mean that GOD will not hear prayers of the uncovered? That I "sin" if I am not covered I offer up a prayer? What do you think?

Perhaps you will be interested in some of the comments at " | The Art and Culture of the Diaspora | The Roundtable Open Forum: Round Three".

"Canadian-designed hijab lets girls play sports safely"

CTV News | Canadian-designed hijab lets girls play sports safely

Photos and video included.

Dispelling the myth that headcoverings are limiting in what a girl can or cannot do under them. I read recently of a man who traveled to Iran, and during his travels was surprised yet satisfied at the young woman who explained to him that headcovering was "just the way it was" and was not bother to her. Headcoverings are not as hot and uncomfortable as I used to think either.

It's good to keep an open mind.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

"Experimenting with Headcoverings"

The Anchoress: Experimenting with Headcoverings. | Little Miss Attila

Short and sweet and practical too. A sort of middle road opinion.

I do believe they are a good idea for women in public worship, at least on a theoretical level. I prefer scarves or caps for women, as brimmed hats seem a bit anti-social: no one loves a nice hat like I do, but anything with a brim is likely to cut off the other parishioners’/congregants’ view of the mass/service. (I know, I know: I ought not to care about seeing the human beings, but as a practical matter one must at least be able to see the person leading the music, so one knows when to sing, vs. when the choir is carrying the load.)

I suppose I think it’s good that someone women are wearing them, and that some are not. The women who wear them minister, in a way, to other worshippers who need to “up their game.” They certainly are likely to enhance their own focus. Those who are not wearing them minister to newcomers, and Easter-Lily types.

So I shall have to be, once again, a squishy in-the-middle sort of person on this, just as I was on the question of how casually one ought to dress for church. (My feeling was, well enough not to distract anyone, but not well enough that one would distract anyone. Attractively, but not provocatively. No bare shoulders unless the AC is busted.)

Now, that link in this article... click where it says "a good idea" above. Good reading there.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

History and Romance - Studies in H.C.

Lucy has been busy lately finding articles about headcovering that are both informative and illustrative (they include nice photos). :) Thank you, Lucy, for forwarding these links!

Romantic History Historical Clothing includes a short article describing and detailing how to make a pretty "classical cap". The author, Sarah Jane, describes:
"Although this cap is not taken directly from any particular period, I think it looks best with late 18th century and early 19th century styled/inspired gowns since the way the crown is shaped conveniently accommodates the hairstyles of the time. This pattern could also be used for a cozy nightcap, made out of cotton for summertime wear or flannel (wool or canton) for cooler weather."

"Tignon Laws in Louisiana" is an article in "19th-century American Women--a museum in a blog", depicting a 19th century headcovering of another sort, the "tignon".
A tignon is a series of headscarves or a large piece of material tied or wrapped around the head to form a kind of turban resembling a West African gélé.

It was the mandatory headwear for Creole women in Louisiana during the Spanish colonial period, and the style was adopted throughout the Caribbean island communities as well.

On Gender Distinction

"Baptist Press - FIRST-PERSON: Boys wearing skirts to school and sexual sanity - News with a Christian Perspective"
by Albert Mohler Jr.

This article contains some good thoughts about the differences between men and women, boys and girls - and various cultures - from a conservative Christian perspective. I believe that part of the reason for many people's problems with women covering their head, or their hair, stems from the confused perception that men and women are really not different, except in who can give birth and who can use a standing urinal. Even the problem with men who choose to cover can be traced to this uniformitarian-ish attitude that everyone should fit the current cultural norm regardless of gender or anything else.

As soon as I began to understand more about the differences between us women and men, then I saw more sense to the point of head covering, modest and feminine dress, gender "roles" and strengths, and what propriety means in general. Women were lied to, and told that unless they were a man then they were worthless. Men have been lied to and told that unless they explore and develop their "feminine" side they are worthless. Here's a couple of quotes from this article that I am on the side of:

"Clothes are never a frivolity -- they always mean something." ~ James Laver

Kay Hymowitz of the Manhattan Institute argues that this is one reason that so many schools have shifted to students wearing uniforms. "It's hard enough to get students to concentrate on an algorithm," she reminds, "even without Jimmy sitting there in lipstick and fake eyelashes."

The controversy over boys wearing skirts to school is a symptom of our loss of sexual sanity and the will to preserve any reasonable and healthy understanding of gender.

God made human beings to show His glory, and an essential part of that glory is the visible difference between males and females that is reflected even in the public presentation of dress.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

One Muslim Girl's Decision

"Middle school tests Va. Muslim girl's decision to wear head scarf -"

And with a video too. I like this girl. I'm wondering if there is a head covering lady out there who can't relate to many of the things that this girl thought and experienced as she chose to start wearing a head scarf to school. Please read and watch and consider.

Smar Abuagla is 13 years old and a typical American teenager. She also happens to wear a head scarf at school. In her own words, she describes how she arrived at this decision and how her classmates have come to regard her.

Who the Head Covering is For

"The head covering - Black Preaching Network"

The question was asked in this forum : "My wife is a prophetess and wants to know is the heading covering still necessary, because people come at her as though she is a muslim, but she only living according to 1 Cor 11 th chapter!"

(The picture here is from a news article from a long time ago that I liked and wanted to use. In this photo the women are wearing the "doily" style headcovering, but I know of several Christian women who use the traditional hair wrap style -- and I think it is most becoming. - LisaM)

Here is one response at the forum:

Reply by Bishop R.G.Mallory -- "The covering is appropiate however there is no need to call attention to oneself. the covering in the scripture fit with the customs of the society hence the vail. your wife can wear a hat or some kind of Scarf wrapped the way sisters wrap them and the only people that will know she is obeying 1 Cor 11 is you, her and your church family. The Doctrine of head covering is for the church not sinners therfore it should not be used as something to witness. Nor should churches grab unsuspecting visitors to make them conform. It is the Doctrine of the church for the church! why have a sinner cover her head?"

Something to think about. People do have a problem with thinking that "if a headcovering draws attention, then it goes against modesty and is unnecessary". So listen to this thought, ladies: your headcovering is not a witness. Right? How many women have said, especially as beginners, they do NOT wear head coverings to draw attention to themselves, or to proclaim that they think that they are "holier" than anyone else. So many who do not believe that the head covering is necessary bring this up. But consider - that is NOT what the Christian woman is wearing a head covering for. Many times the poor thing is embarrassed to act on her desire to be obedient to GOD because she is worried that she will cause others to think that maybe she is trying to look like she's better than they are. But the headcovering, as stated by this man so simply, is for her, for her husband, and for her church family. So think of the modesty passages in other scriptures, and dress accordingly with your headcovers - avoid the sparkles, and eye-catching colors, and wild hats, and other "frippery". And, men who believe in headcovering, please be patient with the unbelieving women. Forcing a headcovering to make someone conform is like baptizing a baby who has no choice in the matter, or feeding the LORD's supper to someone who cannot discern the body and the blood of Christ. Are you thinking, better safe than sorry? Wait a minute. You cannot save anyone. Obeying laws cannot save anyone. Give the example of the older or believing women a chance to teach the Word without a word but by the beautiful manner of their lives. (Not meaning to preach to you or judge your motives, men and women, but this is my opinion at this point; I hope you understand where I'm coming from and what I'm trying to explain, from my point of view).

Though others may not understand what the headcovering is for, pray that they find letters like this one, or any of the blogs and articles written by the Christian women who have chosen to cover their heads. It is done in obedience to GOD, in deference to their husbands and other messengers of GOD, in reflection of the creation order, in the attempt to hide their own glory of their hair when in fact the emphasis during prayer and speaking the words of GOD should be on GOD's glory.

What do you think, readers?

Headcoverings Manditory in Hospitals

Head coverings are manditory in hospitals. Not banned, as we've read recently concerning one lady doctor in Texas, USA. And not just any head covering - they must cover all of the hair.

Yes, if it's a health issue, as we've seen in Australia, then "forcing" one to cover their head and hair is completely OK. No one complains that the supervisory powers are bullies, or are demeaning to the staff. And it can be a federal policy.

So what is the problem with people not wanting Muslim women and Sikh men doctors and other professional physicians to cover their head and/or hair again?

"St. Francis Hospital In Hartford Is On Probation For One Year --"

"The investigation report also cited several problems with hospital facilities.

. . .

"Meanwhile, the report said, numerous staff members in operating suites were wearing head coverings that failed to completely cover their hair, even while they were directly over or within direct contact of the surgical sites."

Yes, I did notice that it says "operating suites". Which is kinda funny, because if hair is not a good thing during surgery, then how is it OK during any other procedure? Wouldn't it be wise to allow head and hair coverings in other suites as well? Of course, I've not studied medicine.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Off Topic - Foot Covering Contest

Excuse me, everyone. I am only human, and I would dearly like to own and wear a pair of these Whooga Ugg Boots. I thought maybe you all would be interested too?

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(all images are from the Whooga webiste)

Friday, November 13, 2009

Covers for Cancer

Head Wrappers fashion a new look for cancer
"The Eyeopener Online" - Ryerson University's (CAN) Independent Student Newspaper
The World Head Wrappers know that without care for colour, shape or geography, cancer knows no bounds. Now they’re sharing their message in the World Head Wraps Fashion Show and Concert Fundraiser on Nov. 19. The runway show, produced by third-year Ryerson fashion communication students, features colourful head coverings from different cultures.

Check out this sneak peek for the event, which will take place Nov. 19 at the Liberty Grand Artifacts Room (25 British Columbia Rd.). Proceeds from the event go to the Princess Margaret Hospital Wig Salon’s Patient Assistance Fund. Tickets, which are 50 per cent off for students, can be purchased at Big It Up stores or from their website.

Full-sized images are available in our gallery.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

No Spanish Veils? or, Modesty in School

"Spanish students protest Muslim veil | Spero News"
"Spanish school authorities in Lerida, a city of the Catalonian region near Barcelona, shut down a planned protest by students at a local high school on November 11 who wanted to wear helmets to class as a sign of protest. Two fellow students, both of whom are Muslim girls, were allowed to wear the hijab or Muslim veil, even while non-Muslim students were barred from wearing caps or hats. The planned protest spread like wildfire via FaceBook but a student at the school notified authorities, frustrating the protest.
. . .

"According to school administrator Juan Ferran of the non-Muslim protesters, “They know that this is a reality that they will have to live with.” They have obeyed now without protest. “We explained to them that even while our internal regulations do not permit a head covering, the Generalitat (provincial government) has established that in education centers we have an obligation to respect religious symbolism.” Besides the two hijab-wearing Muslim girls, there are also four Muslim girls who come to class without veils who were offended by the planned protest. One of them decided to wear a veil as a reaction to the non-Muslim students’ objections. Administrator Ferran was reluctant to identify the protest as xenophobic, attributing it to reasons of "identity." "


As much as I realize that women wear what is commonly referred to in the media as a "Muslim headcovering" solely in order to distinguish themselves as Muslim, I know from reading and studying and listening to grown women who have convictions, that wearing a headcovering - to a Muslim woman - is done in following the directive to be modest. It is, therefore, a "modest heacovering". And Jewish, Christian, Hindu, and other women all wear "modest headcoverings". Schools and other places of the world which want to say it's OK for women and young women to wear a headcovering in places where normally others are discouraged from wearing something (like a gang identifying hat or conversely, something which would disguise identification) always want to safely play some kind of "religion card", and claim that they allow or disallow headcovering because it is a religious symbol. So if something is allowed because it's "religious" then anyone who is a different religion, or irreligious, then feels discriminated against. And is some cases, rightly so. Why not just explain to the students, teachers, professors, parent associations, and etc., that these girls and young women who choose to cover are doing it because of their understanding of modesty? Everyone knows that not all Muslims consider modest dress to include headcovering - and this is so of all the "major religions". But some do. When discrimination occurs as regards headcovering, it almost always appears that one group or another is being shown special favour over others.

I propose that Muslim women everywhere just start telling everyone that it's a modesty issue - not merely a religious injunction. That those who have to make these decisions tell everyone that it's a modesty issue - not merely a religious one. Take it one step further, if you will. A modesty issue can quickly lead to a health issue, at least as far as public schools are concerned (see almost any modern discussion on uniforms in public and private schools). The issue of strongly suggesting head coverings for health and safety has already been broached and accepted in bright and sunny places; couldn't it apply to schools as well, in the issue of modest dress? Even a brightly colored head scarf is less distracting that beautiful silky hair. Just ask a shampoo commercial.


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Headcoverings and the Body of the Messiah

"Headcoverings and the Body of the Messiah", from EliYah's Home Pages.

A very thorough study and informative link, found via the blog : "Yahweh's Newport Assembly." Subjects from the passage in 1 Corinthians include the idea of traditions and things passed on from the apostles, the male head covering and the glory of GOD, the difference between men and women as discussed by Paul, and even an interpretation of the confusing "because of the angels" line. Many good points to read and meditate on.

Here's the opening paragraph:

The subject of head coverings has been a source of much confusion for many believers in the Messiah. However, in this study it will be evident that the reason why it is a source of confusion is because of a lack of understanding as to its purpose. Many have written studies which examine historical data or various theories which attempt to explain the head covering issue. But we can learn why women should cover their heads and why men should not cover their heads simply by looking at the reasons given in 1 Corinthians and studying out those reasons in other scriptures.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Opinion: "The She-Kippah"

"The She-Kippah, and Other Things I Can’t Handle « New Voices"

This is just a nice spirited commentary - one woman's feelings about the fashion of head covering. Enjoy. :)

So here’s the thing. I tend to think of myself as a traditional kind of girl. I like ritual and history and tradition, which is one of the reasons that Judaism appeals to me. I also love Judaica–putting up a pretty mezuzah, having a collection of Star of David pendants, and of course, my notorious book shelf. So naturally, I I have toyed with the idea for a long time, trying to convince myself, but there’s something about it that just seems unnatural. That’s not to say, of course, that I have anything against those women who choose to don a yarmulke–I admire their ability to own the custom for themselves. I just can’t be one of them.

. . .

Friday, November 6, 2009

"Take a Journey With Me... Part 1-3"

Please read: "Joyfully Living for His Glory: Take a Journey With Me... Part 1"

I have enjoyed reading this lovely lady's story of her desire to wear a headcovering. Her conclusion: "I wear my covering out of obedience, honor and respect; not because of any letter of the law." Please read and be encouraged!

"Headcovering, is it Apostolic or human?"

"Seek ye first the Kingdom: Headcoveing, is it Apostolic or human?", in "Seek Ye First the Kingdom".

For serious students of scripture, please read this excellent short study, which explains the meaning and use of the concept of "tradition" as used in 1 Corinthians 11:2 -- “Now I praise you, brethren, that you remember me in all things and keep the traditions just as I delivered them to you.” -- and elsewhere in the writings of the Apostle Paul. Specifically in this passage, the traditions were handed down to Paul from the LORD, and so are not the mere teachings of a man to abide in the current habits of the culture around him. Thank you, Leo, for presenting this online!

And, please, be encouraged!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Everyone Must Cover Their Head In ...

No, not Saudi Arabia... Queensland, Australia. And it's for health reasons, so it's absolutely allowable to write about the need to cover in the press without suffering from persecution from some other quarter. Who could possibly be against telling people - and especially politicians - to cover their heads in the sun for their own health?

Queensland politicians told to wear a hat while outside in the sun | The Courier-Mail

Breast Cancer Survivor Helps Cover Others

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"Breast cancer survivor keeping others covered" - WAFF 48 News in Alabama
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - One breast cancer survivor is on a mission to bring comfort to others battling the disease.

Please also read: "Hats off to no hair - and to being chemo sensitive", BY KATHY LATOUR, on blogs.


I like to keep others in mind that head covering is not only about commands and religion. In the letter of Paul to the Corinthians, he appeals also to the "nature" of things; that to a woman, her hair is a glorious mantle. Women who lose their hair, for whatever reason, desire to have something further on their heads. It is taken for granted - no one writes stories about how women who lose their hair need to get out there and cover their heads. Contrariwise, some people do feel that they have to write to encourage women to feel OK to be bald. Thing is, it really just isn't "natural" (albeit, it happens that women do sometimes lose their hair naturally), and the desire to cover the head has little to do with "nurture" or the culture. Women of various cultural backgrounds have culturally begun accepting women with shorter hair, but still, there is hair, and it is usually kept in a feminine style of some sort.

What culture or law can keep a woman from putting something on her head? Why do women who want to "let their hair down" want to discourage other women from putting even more on their heads, like a hat, scarf or veil? We like stuff on our heads, ladies. It's time to stop telling people that it's not natural. "If God had wanted us to have something on our heads, he'd have put it there". Well, God did. And forever since we've liked having something on our heads, whether it's keeping our hair private for our special guy, or decorating it up with flowers and jewels.

No more culture wars, please. Just let us all wear our headcoverings in peace. Thanks.

Headcovering Controversies on Yahoo! News Photos

Click here - Yahoo! News Photos

for a slideshow on Yahoo covering many of the aspects around the world of the "headcovering controversy". Mostly, the problem as presented here is with women who also completely cover their faces, though many of the photos exhibit other forms of modest dress and headcovering, as worn by Muslim women around the world. In some places, especially in Europe, the controversy is not so much about women covering as it is a fear of some form of Islamic oppression (perceived or realized), but still the headcovering has become the symbol of that which divides.

Monday, November 2, 2009

The Headscarf In The News This Week

"Clinic Forbids Muslim Doctor to Wear Headscarf - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News -"
"DALLAS — A Muslim doctor interviewing for a job at a suburban Dallas medical clinic says officials there told her she couldn't wear her headscarf while working." . . .

"CAIR officials say complaints from women being told to not wear a hijab in the workplace have become rare in recent years as more employers become informed of their responsibilities under the Civil Rights Act. The law also prevents employers from avoiding religious accommodations because they think the public might not be comfortable with a certain practice, Athman said."

"Killer of 'headscarf martyr' in dock - Channel 4 News"

"The trial of a man accused of murdering a pregnant Egyptian woman in a German court room begins today, in a case that has incensed many in the Muslim world."

"Kuwait: Headscarf not a must for female lawmakers - Yahoo News"

"KUWAIT CITY – Kuwait's highest court ruled Wednesday that women lawmakers are not obliged by law to wear the headscarf, a blow to Muslim fundamentalists who want to fully impose Islamic Sharia law in this small oil-rich state." . . .

Review: "Muslim women film series dispels stereotypes - in The Guilfordian (Guilford College, North Carolina, US)", beginning:
The IDS 485: Arab and Islamic Feminisms class, taught by Assistant Professor of English Diya Abdo, is presenting a Muslim women film series. The film series challenges stereotypes about Muslim women by exploring the lives of Muslim women around the world.

"They Call Me Muslim," the first film in the series, was screened in Bryan Jr. Auditorium on Oct. 6. Directed by Diana Ferrero, the film examines the debate over the Muslim headscarf by interviewing two women; one in France who is forced to remove her hijab, and another woman in Iran who is forced to put it on.

A small group of students gathered to watch the film and afterwards participated in a discussion that was led by four seniors from Abdo's IDS class. The discussion focused on how the hijab relates to oppression, identity, and anti-Muslim sentiments.

"For many women, the veil is liberating," said presenting senior Lee Cornett, addressing the common Western misconception that the hijab is a symbol of oppression. "We all place different ideologies on the same piece of clothing." . . .

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Christian Head Coverings in Scripture

Welcome to a Small Piece of "MY HEAVENLY HOME!!" blog writes: "Head Coverings...Again"

Very thorough study of 1 Corinthains 11 and the Christian woman's headcovering, using many other Scripture texts and reasonings in her reading of this passage. Her introduction:

To the modern Christian, as we study the issue of head coverings, might respond that it's "archaic" or "of the first century." However, it's in the Scriptures, and is taught to those true believers of the common faith of our Yahushua Ha Mashiach. As always we truly want to be sound, accurate, and comprehensive in our research of this neglected topic. Most of us when reading 1 Corinthians 11 have accustomed ourselves to pass over this section with no thought as to its relevance for us today. However, I would like to lay down some undeniable facts on this topic before we begin.

Fact #1

- It's in the Holy Scriptures, whether it was for the first century or not, it's there and must be addressed.

Fact #2

- If we single this topic out with the acceptation of it being only for the primitive Church does that give us the license to do that with other genre of Scriptures?

Fact #3

- Seeing it's the work of the adversary to rob (Matthew 13:19; John 10:10) and deceive (Matthew 24:24; Revelation 20:3,8) is it not logical that he attempts to deceive the gullible in this topic also?

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Hijab Controversy

"The hijab controversy" from the blog: Creating My Own Identity

Here, from the blog entry:

What I want to know is, why has “believing that hijab is a religious obligation” become offensive to so many people? Why are people offended by the hijab? Logically, people should view women wearing hijab as something inspirational because it represents modesty, which is preached by basically every religion. Ironically, these days it is offensive to even encourage modesty.

Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, all have declared that head covering is a religious obligation. If you really want to find the truth in what I’m saying just look it up. Some people will say that this was in the past. Can someone please tell me, since when are people allowed to alter religious beliefs.

Some discussion follows, concerning modesty and choice.

Sikh Headcovering Discrimination

"Sikh Acts Against Alleged Discrimination"

When first-year medical student Sanjam Singh Samagh was questioned about his ID while trying to enter the Pierce Street Annex in Costa Mesa, it was not about his age, but rather because his profile picture showed him wearing a turban.
Samagh, a Sikh who wears a turban for religious reasons, is now working with the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund to take action against the Pierce Street Annex and the UCI Medical Department is officially boycotting the club.
Samagh arrived at the Pierce Street Annex to attend a fellow medical student’s birthday celebration. With a group of about 20 already waiting for his arrival, Samagh stood in line with several friends to get into the bar, which has a strict ‘no-hat’ policy. Samagh gave the bouncer his ID which pictured him with a turban, and after looking at it closely, the bouncer asked if the turban had religious significance.
After explaining that it did, the bouncer said he would have to check with the owner, Douglas Adsit, before allowing him to enter the bar. Once Adsit came out, he explained to Samagh that the bar had a ‘no-headgear’ policy and could not let him in.
‘By this time, all my friends inside the bar were wondering where I was so they came out to speak to the owner on my behalf,’ Samagh said.
After about 15 minutes, Adsit, who did not return the New University’s request for comment on the incident, allegedly told Samagh that ‘people with headgear cause problems’ and he couldn’t make an exception. After hearing this, Samagh and his group of friends left the bar to celebrate elsewhere.
Samagh’s first reaction was shock: ‘I was insulted, and couldn’t believe it happened, especially in a place like California where people seem to be pretty well-educated.’
He said he finds it unfair that Jews, Muslims, Sikhs and others are targeted just because they choose to wear religious head coverings.

Full story continues at linked title above.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Pink Hijab Day - October 28

About Pink Hijab Day, from the official website:

Pink Hijab Day is intended to shatter stereotypes of Muslim women, as well as raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. All over the world, Muslims participated by wearing pink hijabs, pink ribbons, and donating to breast cancer foundations.

I want to thank everyone who participated in previous years. We hope this project will grow stronger every year. The event takes place the last Wednesday of every October. This year's event is scheduled for October 28, 2009.

In the United States, donations are being collected at . To see how you can donate in your area, click the link to the left "In Your Neighborhood."

Pink Hijab Day is an independent project.

Hey, I think all of us can probably find a pink headscarf...

See also the official facebook page for Pink Hijab Day

Another Decision to Cover, and a Blog

I recently came across the blog, "Hidden Glory", and I want to share her blog with my readers.

"How I came to believe we are to cover our heads in church" is a good article to begin with. Also click to see her other entries and links, which can provide you with more to help in your own research and encouragement.

Catholic Forum "Headcovering Clubhouse"

On October 19, a new forum thread appeared in the Catholic Answers Forums, "Headcovering Women's Clubhouse", by CaterinaTherese, with this opening:
I have seen a number of threads with some very wonderful women who share a common call for covering their heads either in Mass or full time. This is a place for us to share covering methods, discuss our calls to this devotion, discuss modesty, pray for each other, etc. I'd like this to be a relaxed environment where we can be ourselves and enjoy a little fellowship with other women.
There are 3 pages of responses, sharing personal experiences, modest dress styles, and other things. For those who are interested, check it out.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Monday, October 19, 2009

Snoods and Turbans

Here I am, copying and pasting an entire article:

"Snoods - new fashion drives clothes sales"

"The Daily Mail City team looks at how the snood - a cross between a scarf and a hood - is driving sales... " This article in "" is not about the hair covering snood that is worn as a kind of pocket for your hair attached to a headband of sorts.

A snood is a cross between a scarf and a hood. A tubular item, it looks rather like a balaclava without the face hole.

Traditionally favoured by women trying to protect long hair, a snood can be pulled over the head like a hood, or pushed down around the neck like a scarf that can't come undone.

A throwback to the '80s?

Snoods were rather popular among teenagers of 20 years ago. In garish pink or bright jade, they made sure the wearer was always visible after dark, even if they didn't flatter the skin tone.

But snoods are actually far older than this. The word was widely used in the Middle Ages for cloth or net head coverings.

Crocheted snoods were popular in the 1940s and '50s to keep women's hair in place while they went about their work.

Snoods are also popular with Orthodox Jewish women.

And now?

Snoods are making a comeback, albeit on a far grander scale. Luxury goods group Burberry says bumper turnover of snoods and leather handbags is driving sales. But its 'pull on scarves' are nothing like the £5 snoods found on market stalls in the 1980s.

The Burberry Snood

These luxury wool and cashmere items, complete with trademark Burberry check [link to Burberry], go for £175 a pop. If you are short of cash, just knit a short fat scarf and sew the two ends together.

Don't you just love the "how-to" there at the end?


And speaking of how to make a headcovering of sorts:

"Craft project: T-shirt turban for women"

"Milliner Mary Jane Baxter explains how to make a fantastic retro turban to give your outfit a vintage feel."

Thanks to Lucy for this link!

TURKEY NEWS, WORLD NEWS "Headscarf borders"


Interesting article.

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For another article on "the hijab debate" see this editorial study with many links, written by, in the "Right Side News": "Hijab Debate Intensifies".

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Christian Women Head Covering

Some miscellaneous information and discussion for Christian women and head coverings from the previous week or so....

~ Re: Headcovering Outside Mass - a continuing discussion in the Catholic Answers Forum, so there are many personal thoughts and experiences shared.

~ Head Covering Issue - Someone has posted an essay file online at Scribd, which appears to be a study from the Authentic Ministry Opportunity, on understanding 1 Corinthians 11.

~ Head Covering Trials! - personal experience and trial in learning to wear a head covering on campus, even including a new style she's trying out.

~ Headcovering Store: Halo-Works - Catholic Hijabi has posted a link to an online store which provides women's headcoverings like lace mantillas, and her first commenter has posted a link to a how-to on making your own similar headcoverings.

~ It's On My To-Do List: You say, "Mantilla..." I say, "Mantilla..." - a good personal sharing and study

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Book Announcement, Re "Men in Church Hats"

I have been contacted by the author whom I referenced in the article: "Men in Church Hats", from March 2009. His book is now available for sale. See "Kopfbedeckungen in Religion, Glaube und Spiritualität", his Deutch/German website. The photos alone are worth a look.

Following is the information that I was provided by email:

. . . "I have build up a contact to

Angelus Media Distribution Group
200 Broadway
Long Branch, NJ 07740
Phone: 888-222-AMDG (2634)

"This company intends to order some books from the publisher so that Americans and Canadians can order it from Angelus Media Distribution Group. They will will have it in stock. I suppose that pre-orders are possible as well.

"The book is a real treasure-chest and rich source for all hat-aficionados, hat-lovers, modists and of course all people related to ecclesiastical and clerical outfits. A lot of diocese libraries are ordering the book as well."

Best wishes, Dieter!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

"Another headcovering sect ~ Russian Orthodox Old Believers"

Click to this Lady's blog for the video, which is accompanied by a capella singers - beautiful.

On A Quest For Plain Living: Another headcovering sect ~ Russian Orthodox Old Believers

See this page for more about Old Believers

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Thanks to Lucy who sent this link to photo of an old fashioned head covering in Japan: "hijab-in-pre-war-japan"

The symbolic head covering view

Some folks really don't see the use of physical symbols for spiritual things. In that case, find online those who have studied the issue of headcovering and focus on just the figurative meaning of the outward sign. This forum thread is not at odds with physical veils and coverings for Christian women, and so is polite and sincerely written and a help for Christian marriages. The focus rather is on what could be meant if the "covering" that is talked about in 1 Corinthians 11 is only a symbolic or metaphoric one.

"Head Coverings" - at forums

Monday, October 5, 2009

Performance: Beneath the Veil Oct 8, 2009 at 7:30 PM

Performance: Beneath the Veil Oct 8, 2009 at 7:30 PM
At The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.

"This powerful production gives a rare glimpse behind the traditional veil worn by millions of women in the Middle East and around the world. Critically acclaimed in New York and Los Angeles, the thought-provoking work by internationally award-winning actress/activist Mary Apick tells stunning stories that expose the systematic and often violent oppression of women and children in parts of the Middle East."
I haven't heard any reviews, though it is said to be "critically acclaimed". This is just a note to make aware.

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About ThoseHeadcoverings: The Blog

Dear Readers, I want to remind you to read the "disclaimer" notice posted just below the blog title above. This blog was created as part of my own personal study into the idea that headcovering by women is not a cultural or time-limited tradition, but that it somehow transcends culture, time, religion and tradition. Women who are very different, for different reasons, choose all by themselves to put something on their head. Sometimes it is due to their having studied Scriptures and coming to a prayerful understanding that wearing a head cover pleases their Creator. Sometimes they choose to cover to stand up for a particular way of understanding of who their Creator is. Sometimes they cover their hair out of a desire to be modest or less distracting. Sometimes they indicate by style or amount of material who they are, or at least the group to whom they belong. Sometimes it's fashion. Sometimes it is a substitute for natural hair. Even growing long hair seems somehow a part of the whole "women in head coverings" phenomenon.

And, alas, some people who write about head coverings are not religious and may write something that is hurtful to those who are living a spiritual lifestyle. Other writers are very devoted to faith as they understand spiritual things, and may write something that is hurtful to someone who does not believe as they do. I am sad that a person's faith gets attacked by others, but we should know that it will happen. Please, do not be surprised when you come across someone with different beliefs, or attitudes, or life styles, who ALSO chooses to cover . . . or that I choose to share their reasoning with you here or by link. This blog is not to condemn or to condone anyone, but merely to help us all to open our eyes to the fact that We Are Not Alone, and also that we should not assume anything about anyone. I do understand why some of the readers here have left off reading this blog, and I have received letters from people from time to time pointing out how someone has divisive or truly hurtful content at a source which I linked to when linking to a specific article that I found informative. But though I want us to keep our eyes open to other points of view, just as we want others to do for us, but I cannot recommend that someone subject themselves to a blog or news source which puts down a particular person or group of people.

A sample comment just came to me from a concerned reader about an older post:
"I'm surprised that you have posted from (X source). From what I've looked at . . . , he is not a very open religious person. I don't think those who are (Y belief) and thinking about covering would feel comfortable reading his entry . . . . Especially when they can look around . . . and note other entries about "crushing (Y belief)." . . . Your blog seems to be open to all religions and I don't want someone to ignore the great information you have to offer because they get offended by someone else's blog."
Oh, Dear Reader, I also don't want someone to ignore the information that is available anywhere because they feel hurt by something that is written. Unfortunately, it happens. I do have a disclaimer posted above the entries in the hopes that those who visit my blog will realize the point of this blog: to share information that can be found online about those headcoverings. Because head coverings are worn in so many ways for so many reasons, there are sure to be misunderstandings. A true searcher will continue to search and find.

Shall a Christian quit covering because Hindu, Jewish and Muslim women also cover? Shall a humble woman not cover because fashionable ladies wear eye-catching styles? Shall women be ashamed to wear a covering because some spiritually minded men also choose to cover their heads for religious reasons? (and so on.. ) If a non-religious person can find a cute way to tie up their headscarf in an article written by a devout believer -- if a modest woman in one faith can learn more about being a lady of faith in an article written about the style of covering in another faith (*) -- if a man or a woman can learn and share more about the reasons why others cover their heads which they had not considered before -- then they have been encouraged at least a little to grow in knowledge, and perhaps in their beliefs as well.

I hope that others will be encouraged even more to think on things like ... the differences between men and women, modesty in dress and behaviour, humbleness and humility, how physical things have spiritual and emotional meanings, what worship is, prayer, how to live faithfully in a way that draws others to things that are true, encouraging others to stand strong in their faith, and to be themselves, that there is no end of learning ... among other things. So much comes under the heading of "headcoverings".

Please, Dear Readers, be encouraged to keep learning, to keep growing, and to come to a better knowledge of truth.


(*) As a Christian who believes in the Written Word of the Bible, I believe that there is only "One Faith", and I know that others feel the same way about what they have faith in. When I wrote of various faiths in this article, I am referring to the variety of understandings of what the "One Faith" is. I hope that this is understood, and not hurtful to anyone. Rather, be encouraged to study and to learn more about what you believe is true - a challenge to what is true will not stand, and you will grow stronger; but if you are standing on sinking sand, wouldn't you rather be challenged to move to higher ground?

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Fedoras, on "Slaves to Fashion:"

Slaves to Fashion Fashion:

Do headcoverings have to be un-fashionable? Where is the Writing on this? At any rate, check out this fashion trend.

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EDIT: link sent to me in reply to this post - Thank you, Lucy, for sharing this!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Meanings of Turbans

"The meaning of a turban"
Gurwinder Singh has helped organize a public forum about turbans at Surrey SFU this Saturday, Oct. 3.

Singh says his turban is more than a mere head covering.

“I consider it as a celebration of freedom, justice and equality. It’s like wearing a [Remembrance Day] poppy 24/7.”

Click on the title link above for why he feel this way, and more on the history and meaning of the Sikh turban, as well as more information on the even at Simon Fraser University in B.C.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Beginning to Cover in Public

"With God's help"
By Ben Shalev, in

In an interview with Israeli singer-songwriter, Etti Ankri, read of personal conviction in wearing modest clothing and a headcovering.

A few years ago, Ankri began covering her hair, a choice that surely did not help her career. But here, too, she had no choice. "I yearned to put on a head covering," she says.

Can you explain this?

"No stage in the process of becoming religious comes because 'someone told me to do it.' It happened by itself. At first I would go out as usual, wearing a miniskirt and ... then I felt my legs were exposed so I put on pants under the skirt. And then I started feeling that my arms were exposed, so I started wearing a blouse over tank tops, and then I started feeling that my head was exposed. I really felt this. At first I only wore a head covering when I was preparing food for Shabbat. I told myself it's more aesthetic. Then I started wearing it on Shabbat. Then during the week as well, but only inside the house, and if someone came in, I would immediately take it off. It's funny. After all, covering up is for modesty, and when someone comes in you take it off?

"Afterward I allowed myself to go out like that into the courtyard, and then to the supermarket. It was very hard, and in this way I did it in stages. A friend who doesn't wear a head covering told me before I started wearing one, 'When I light candles I wear a head covering and when I take it off, I feel like something is leaving me.' And that is exactly the feeling. But it's impossible to explain it. It's an internal desire."

The last stage was to go on stage wearing a head covering. "I was embarrassed. I admit it," Ankri confesses. "I felt as if my head was on fire."

The difficulty in going up on stage wearing a head covering did not stem only from embarrassment, says Ankri, "but also from the thought that if I am wearing a head covering then maybe I should stop performing altogether, and that would be a really strong disengagement."

Saturday, September 26, 2009

A Book For Women By Women

For all those folks who are wondering if there are writings by women on the subject of Christian women headcovering (and there are many informal writings out there), here is a newly published book for you!

Our dear friend-online, author of the blog "Testimony of Grace", and also known as Michele Barnes McClendon, presents for you: "Life as a Prayer: Recapturing the Wind of Head Covering" (at CreateSpace). The short information blurb reads:

"Modern day women of God share their life-changing experiences with head covering in an age where Christian head covering is often thought to be an outdated and unnecessary spiritual practice. The author and eight other women candidly chronicle their head covering journeys."
I know that this has been a long labor of love for Michele, and others who have worked with her on this project. Good for you, Michele!

And for all whose hearts are open to try to understand, and to live in truth and in love in all things -- please, be encouraged!


Ladies who helped Michele with the creation of this book in any way, or who have worked themselves on books or other studies on Christian women using headcovering, PLEASE let me know here - leave a link to your own work or website here, so that we can all be linked together to help those who are searching to understand. Thank you all, my many readers, for your contributions here and to the world wide web in general, for helping to spread the word about the wonder of this small piece of cloth that we wear. Always, be encouraged: we are not alone.


image above is copied from the web page for this book

Medieval Headcovering

History lesson for today :

"Head Coverings of Medieval English Noblewomen", by Seduced By History


... "Women almost always wore headdresses because it was considered unseemly for them to show their hair. In William the Conqueror’s time, women simply wore a piece of plain cloth (often linen) draped over their heads, held by a narrow band. Some women wore their hair in two long braids around the turn of the 12th century, some with no veils. By Stephen’s reign, headbands were coming into vogue. These were worn with a veil."

Friday, September 25, 2009

Christian Headcovering Symbolism

The Christian woman who wears a physical headcovering does so because in doing so she is symbolizing spiritual truths. I think that since all that we do on this physical earth is a kind of "symbol" of the more True Spiritual things, then truly headcovering is much more than a "mere" symbol.

"Biblical Headcovering: Its Just a Symbol, Right?" by "Simply Darelina" at wordpress, is a continuation of her previous studies on the subject of headcovering.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Cultural Headcovering?

"Biblical Headcovering: Only Cultural?"
Written by "Simply Darelina" at wordpress, September 20, 2009

Concluding with this warning...
"Attempting to write off this passage of scripture as only cultural, only given to the Corinthian church is a dangerous practice to get into. If we are to dismiss this passage, then, what other scriptures can we begin to write off for this very same reason."
A short read, and thought provoking.


Also see:
"Basics… Modesty as Veiling"
fidesquarensintellectum, dated September 15th, 2009

With a blog titled "Modestus", she includes this definition for modesty and purity:

"Purity requires modesty, an integral part of temperance. Modesty protects the intimate center of the person. It means refusing to unveil what should remain hidden. It is ordered to chastity to whose sensitivity it bears witness. It guides how one looks at others and behaves towward them in conformity with the dignity of persons and their solidarity."
The stronger leaning of the Catholic tradition of headcovering to include the idea of "veiling what should remain hidden" carries a broader understanding of veiling than that which is often discussed (usually limited to the specific scripture of 1 Corinthians 11 and the specific church at Corinth). This also has a universal application, and not merely a cultural one.


And once again has been posted the discussion of the contrast and comparison of reasons for headcovering between women in Islam and those in Judaism and Christianity. This work has been linked and quoted before, but is good to be mentioned and considered again when thinking on the cultural aspects of headcovering and veiling.

"Women in Islam Versus Women in the Judaeo-Christian Tradition: The Myth and The Reality", quoting from Sherif Abdel Azim, Ph.D., Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

You Don't Say: Take off your hat, sir

You Don't Say: Take off your hat, sir

Quite an enjoyable little read. Thank you, Sir. :)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Christian Headcovering Should-Read

A must read for the modern researcher, student, or mildly interested in what others have to share about the headcovering:

"Head Covering-Not So Simple An Answer"
Posted by "The Simple Layman"

Lots of thoughts and several links provided for your personal use.

For a smile, perhaps...

Monday, September 21, 2009
Anthony Sacramone writes:

"Speaking of Star Wars, Joe, Tesco’s, a retail chain in Britain roughly comparable to a mini Wal-Mart here in the States, wants people who enter their premises to reveal their identity, presumably so a store manager can ID anyone running out the door with that box of Weetabix under his arm. Well, this presents a problem if you’re a member of one particularly troublesome religion, which forbids some of its adherents from walking outside without a head covering.

"I’m talking, of course, about Jedis."

And there's more at the title linked above.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Globe and Mail's 'Behind the Veil'

For some insight into the full body and face covering society of one area in Afghanistan, follow the sights and sounds of the in-depth reporting at the Globe and Mail - "behind the veil"

Helping Cancer Patients

I came across "Chantelle's blog" post on "Doing some volunteering", and wonder if some of my readers could help. Here is the first portion of her post:
I volunteered a while back to help Hopespring, the cancer support center that hosts my meditation classes, by making head coverings for people who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment. I'd thought when I volunteered that they had a pattern or example of what they wanted, but they all they said was for me to check the internet.

They did describe something that covers the head with tails long enough to start at the nape of the neck, cross there, and then go up over the head to tie there or on the side. The person also showed me a turban thing, which they could use, but they really want these ones that tie.

So I looked on the internet. Do you know how many different head covering patterns there are out there? A kabillion. And I don't know which ones are best; do they want one that has a tail separate from the tie thingies? How long should all of those be? There are lots and lots of options.

Please post your responses to her at her blog, of course, and if you have the time, please share here as well, for others who may be searching for similar information. Thank you!

What to wear... and why...

~ (referencing a post by "knittingprose") Anglican Plain posts, in "Headcoverings," a recommendation to find "Garlands of Grace". If you haven't seen their head coverings before, please visit.

~ Cheryl of "Swineinsanity" also posts a "Headcoverings" article, giving her favourite headcovering (the Princess Scarf -Amira Hijab: see here an example), along with her own understanding of head coverings, with a link to the article on headcovering.

~ Catholic Hijabi posts "Fab Friday: Medieval Maiden" - with a new old style of head covering, including a link to a video, and her 'polyvore' design to match. Cute!

~ I also found a discussion at the Well Trained Minds forum for classical teaching, on what do you wear and how, without getting into a debate on why.


Also, please read "A Set Apart Life: My Changing Thoughts on Headcoverings" and "More on Headcoverings" in "A Tent for the Sun", for a couple of young women's studies of headcovering, including links.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Head Covering Experiment

Please read "The Great Head-Covering Experiment"
Monday, September 14, 2009

"The_Anchoress" writes:

Covering my head subtly changed things for me
. I was only aware of the scarf when I lowered my head to pray, or to read the missalette, but it was not a distracting awareness; instead, I simply felt like my vision and thus my attention was brought into more intense focus. More importantly, that sense of being nudged and nagged was silenced, replaced by something that was just very quiet and settled and peaceful. ...

I love it when we can openly share. Please be encouraged to keep an open heart and mind, to feel and understand along with others.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Hijab (The Headscarf) - Yes; The Burqa - No

I find it odd myself, since I've been reading articles, rants, websites, and etc. on Muslim headcovering for so long ... that so many people still do not understand what it is for, the difference in individual and even cultural reasoning, or the difference between protection of a valuable person and degredation based on some sort of deranged ownership idea (still, an individual differentiation, even within cultures and family units!). Here, another - and a feminist - writer attempts to explain.

Hijab (The Headscarf)”Yes; The Burqa”No

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"Titus 2 Tuesday - The Biblical Headcovering Continued"

Kindred Spirits Sisters: Titus 2 Tuesday - The Biblical Headcovering Continued

If you have read part one, try part two. PDF link attached on this blog page.

Please also read the personal thoughts here, from "roadtoholiness" on blogspot:

Prayer Covering: Choosing to do what's right and going against the grain

Friday, August 28, 2009

Headcoverings are not Hats

Headcovering news:

1. Muslim woman told to remove scarf sues Mich. judge

2. France: Woman Wearing Hijab Denied Entry By Bank (VIDEO)

The comments and reasons all complain that women should not be allowed to wear a head scarf because everyone else goes into courtrooms and banks (and pools and schools and basketball courts and etc.) and takes off their hat. Or graciously put, "doffs their hat".

Hat. Did you read that?


Yes, they should take off their hat as a sign of gracious respect in the Western world. BUT.

A head scarf is not a hat.

Read this:

A brim is what makes a head covering a hat — without a brim, it isn’t a hat, but a cap or a beanie or such. So not only are hats not back, but we no longer even know what they were or what to call them.
Found this quote in "Political Mavens"' commentary: "Hats are not back," by Neil Steinberg.

The purpose of a hat, cap, beanie or such is very different from a hair covering scarf. The end result of a hat or cap or even do-rag before a bank video camera is different from a hair covering scarf. The look is different. Different people wear them.

Enough ignorance already.

See also, "It's not a hat, Judge; it's a hijab!" Feel the frustration.