“You shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shall you mar the corners of your beard.” Leviticus 19:27
“They shall not make baldness upon their head, neither shall they shave off the corner of their beard, nor make any cuttings in their flesh.” Leviticus 21:5
This did not mean that the sons of Israel must never cut their hair or trim their beards. What they are told is to refrain from participating in the ritual mourning and worship practices of the pagans. It was a ritual custom of the heathen to cut or trim their beards or hair into special shapes in honour of a particular pagan deity (the ‘mohawk’ or the ‘mohican’ is one such shape).
To honour the sun god Ra, the ancient Egyptians had their dark hair cut short or shaved with great care with a round bald spot also shaved on the top of the head, so the hair that remained on the crown appeared in the form of a circle surrounding the head (a halo), known as the tonsure. The beard was dressed in a square form.
The tonsure is also practised by Catholic monks as the ‘clerical tonsure’ during ordination, as the visible inauguration of those who submit to it as the priests of Bacchus (Roman god of Wine and Debauchery), as a sign of religious devotion or humility. The term originates from the Latin word tōnsūra (meaning ‘clipping’ or ‘shearing’. Tonsure also refers to the secular practice of shaving all or part of the scalp to show support or sympathy, or to designate mourning.
The tonsure is the first part of the ceremony of priestly ordination in Catholicism, and it is held to be a most important element in connection with the orders of the Roman clergy.
It is also commonly used in the Eastern Orthodox Church for newly baptised members and is frequently used for Buddhist novices and monks. It exists as a traditional practice in Islam after completion of the hajj and is also practiced by a number of Hindu religious orders.
Another distinguishing mark of the priests of Nimrod, later known in the Old Testament as Priests of Baal, was the ‘clerical tonsure’, an initiation rite in which the priest of Nimrod has the top of his head sheared bald, while the edges of the hair allowed to remain as a ring, in honour of Nimrod who was also worshipped as the sun god. — The Two Babylons by Alexander Hislop, p222.
Among the ancients, the hair was often used in divination. The worshippers of the stars and planets cut their hair evenly around, trimming the extremities.
Those that worshipped the hosts of heaven, in honour of them, cut their hair so that their heads might resemble the celestial globe — the Neo-Nazis, or Skinheads, of Europe shave their heads in this manner, and also sport mohawks.
The Arabs and Macians of Northern Africa (the country of Maka was the headland on the Arabian side of the Strait of Hormuz) were accustomed to shave the hair around the head, and left a tuft standing up on the crown in honour of Bacchus — this custom is also present in Asia, Africa and Europe; the Chinese shave the front of the head and let the tuft grow until it is long enough to be plaited into a tail.
In Hinduism, the underlying concept is that hair is a symbolic offering to the gods, representing a real sacrifice of beauty. In return, the offerers are given blessings in proportion to their sacrifice. In some traditions, the hair is shaved completely and only a small tuft of hair, called sikha, is left.
These hairstyles, considered trendy and popularised by celebrities, are rooted in paganism and occult practices; and associated with the gods they were traditionally designed to honour (see A Sacrifice of Beauty, The Great Deception, Pagan gods and Pagan feasts).