Sunday, April 17, 2011


Earlier today I read through the booklet I got from the Amish store the other day. In the it, it discribes the order of "headship" meaning that man -> Christ-> God. It says that because man is made from the image of God by God, man does not have to cover his head. For women, because they are not made in the image of God but of man, or a part of man, she needs to cover her head. It also makes a small historical reference to clothing; "Both men and women wore tunics and cloaks, but the veiling was distinctive female apparel. All women except those in low condition of life, such as prostitutes and slaves wore veils." The reference here is interesting. Historically from what I have read, women especially of wealth, kept their heads covered. Does this does imply that women were more subservient to men or expected to be because of the church and their station. What about the idea that perhaps more educated women knew that although they were women and felt in "headship" under men and by thus followed the word of the scriptures in the church but also realized that having a headdress was power. The "look at me" factor. The bigger the more power. Could this be why during the later part of the 14Th and 15Th centuries hats became bigger more ridged using wires for support; to be noticed yet keeping with the possible religious views of the church? Again, "Power on her head"

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