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Bearded man in India - Your Shot - National Geographic Magazine -- Kristian Bertel

Photograph by Kristian Bertel, Your Shot

In ancient India, the beard was allowed to grow long, a symbol of dignity and of wisdom, especially by ascetics like sadhus. The nations in the east generally treated their beards with great care and veneration and throughout the course of history, societal attitudes toward male beards have varied widely depending on factors such as prevailing cultural-religious traditions and the current era’s fashion trends. Some religions such as Sikhism have considered a full beard to be absolutely essential for all males able to grow one and mandate it as part of their official dogma.

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