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Why monks had that haircut

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There was a lot of thought behind the style — and controversy. Become a member of the Vox Video Lab! http://bit.ly/video-lab Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO What was the deal with that monk haircut? In this episode of Vox Almanac, Phil Edwards explores the history and controversy behind the style. Known as "tonsure," the typical monk hairstyle has many variations throughout religions. The particular hairstyle worn by Christian monks has its own variations and controversies as well. Three different types of tonsure were popular: a coronal tonsure, a Pauline tonsure, and a third Celtic tonsure that came to represent the differences between the Roman Catholic and Celtic Catholic church. The winding path of this tonsure is a new way to look at the division within the religion and the unpredictable ways something like hair can represent faith. Support our work and get a peek behind the scenes at Vox by joining the Vox Video Lab, our members community on YouTube. Not only will you help us create bigger and better explainer videos, you’ll get a ton of cool perks and access to your favorite Vox creators too. Sign-ups start at $4.99 a month. Learn more at https://www.vox.com/join. Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com. Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyE Follow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o Or Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H
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Vox (3 months ago)
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Ronin (3 months ago)
+XxJoekerxX right? They just call anyone they don't like white supremacists or Nazis haha
XxJoekerxX (3 months ago)
Vox your a bad source of any kind of information.
Enough with the PC (3 months ago)
OMG! This "membership" sounds so cool because you put an exclamation point at the end of the sentence announcing it! -OR- It's really vox begging for handouts like a bunch a WIMPS- like vox's audience. Loooooooooooosers.
Erison Silva (3 days ago)
“In the dark ages” oh u didnt say that
ZenThreal (6 days ago)
Kinda reminds me of kappa
Nekuro Shouichi (9 days ago)
They like Saturn
barber: what you want them: y’all seen lebron headband? barber: say no more
kitkatchunky93 (10 days ago)
There are important differences between monks & friars - don't conflate the two!
It makes you more attractive to kids *obviously*
petru juravlea (12 days ago)
What Roman Catholic Church in 7 th century? The Catholic Churh appeared in 1054. I don t thinl they named themselves catholic christians back then.
The Danielnator (13 days ago)
3:52 Those 7th century computer graphics
hayden heller (13 days ago)
So why? Crown of thorns? Don’t know? The title of this video is a bit misleading, I’d like to have learned why these monks had this haircut
BrainDeadVampire (13 days ago)
Pedo haircut
zowie bowie (13 days ago)
seeing a lot of negativity on the comments but this video was great and really informative and interesting, thank you
SEN Setiaguna (13 days ago)
It evolves into wave checks
Ethan Roberts (13 days ago)
I didn't know vox knew how to post stuff that wasn't political propoganda.
YELDAH (13 days ago)
thanks for the skype call lol
Snow_Bitzz (13 days ago)
Half bowl cut. No, plate cut.
Alexander Malik (14 days ago)
1:44 I thought I have an incoming Skype call! xD
Russell Moore (14 days ago)
Rather than making a computer model, you could just pay a college kid $50 to get the haircut
TheJ Man (15 days ago)
How silly to debate haircuts and holidays as if they are salvation issues.
Normie weeb (15 days ago)
*It's not a phase mom! It's a religious statement!*
GS (15 days ago)
click bait
Lucas Souto (16 days ago)
I just pause the because I thought that someone was calling me on skype
Baxter Stockman (16 days ago)
God's favorite planet:Saturn, because he put a ring on it
The Hartrix (16 days ago)
These men taught us miracles in Dark Souls lmfao
smily monkey (17 days ago)
But why did they have the haircut???!!!!
Reckless Neighbours (17 days ago)
Future historians are going to look in this current day and wonder why almost every male had long hair on the top and short hair on the sides
IanDaquips2 (18 days ago)
Guys, can anyone tell me what that wiggling effect they use in their sketch animations?
Kaycee Chamorro (14 days ago)
IanDaquips2 it's just drawing the same image again on different frames, it looks like it wiggles because of the differences in each rendition
My Space (19 days ago)
lmao read the title as "why monkaS had the haricut"
Syklone (20 days ago)
A bunch of idiots arguing about what haircut is best to worship an imaginary sky fairy. This is why we don't have flying cars now.
JARED (21 days ago)
That THOT BEGONE hair cut tho
sjane jms (22 days ago)
Athelstan... is that you?
Pumpkin Gears (23 days ago)
Cuz it looked like a hat?
Fortnite Boi (23 days ago)
Hair is overrated anyway.
Roger Xavier (28 days ago)
Who can tell me what’s this music ?
CurtisAlfeld (28 days ago)
To protect their virginities, obviously.
Dissonance Paradiddle (28 days ago)
Aw man the things you humans fight over. If only you lived long enough to not keep doing this
johnny raypist (29 days ago)
I wish it was still popular haircut today it sure would of helped with my balding
first Impression (29 days ago)
Wow, religion is something very serious
Edralis (30 days ago)
What is the music? Anybody knows the name of the song playing in the background?
sauved0 (1 month ago)
everyone making fun of my haircut :(
Ferguson 20 diesel (1 month ago)
the haircut with the hair gone off the sides is called a fade in ireland
Mr Oof (1 month ago)
Maybe they liked Saturn so much they had a haircut made after it.
Heathen Heather (1 month ago)
I've always wanted to know..... I feel like a five-year-old child asking my mother stupid questions and getting answers !!!🤭
WuzNab (1 month ago)
So is this a reverse hair line?
Dhaawal Shivhare (1 month ago)
First ten minutes: Illuminati confirmed. 😂😂🤣😂🤣
Jordan Violet (1 month ago)
Peep Ronni from Jersey Shore at 5:25 lmao
Mucosa (1 month ago)
So they could remain virgins
Erie chiftain (1 month ago)
They must have some serious sum burns
Rita Samis (1 month ago)
all i can say is *boi*
a l (1 month ago)
Or.. it's just because males in Europe tend to loose their hair in that specific pattern. And the men in power tried to use it to their advantage. Male pattern baldness isn't something new..
King Hip-O (1 month ago)
LeBron James' tonsure changes from game to game. What does that signify? 🤷‍♂️
Wobbles and Bean (1 month ago)
Imagine being so fragile you're enraged by a haircut.
Ann R (14 days ago)
Wobbles and Bean As a hairdresser, I reserve the right to be enraged by haircuts.
Angela Kristin (1 month ago)
I thought the answer to this question was maybe an obscure bit of trivia, not an unknowable mystery! The haircut is intended to humble monks. It doesn't imitate Jesus's crown of thorns so much as it brings to mind a balding man, a target of ridicule for at least as long as the catholic church has had monks. It's one of the ways the church sought to degrade their troops and bring them closer to God as they separated them from the world. When it comes to fashion, it's difficult to find anything universally considered unflattering but this haircut seems to fit that bill. Monks are the only people who ever deliberately cut their hair this way and they don't do it very willingly.
SKT GB (1 month ago)
The hair cut looks disgusting.
Kuy 〈3 (1 month ago)
At exactly 1:00 you can stop watching the video because the question in the title was answered during that time. The rest deviates from the title too much.
The Parakeets (1 month ago)
Peep the fade doe
Chase Wulff (1 month ago)
“Damn. I’m losing my hair. How can I keep people from knowing? I guess I could shave it just a little more and say it’s a religious thing.”
steve S (1 month ago)
WHY DID MONKS HAVE THIS HAIRCUT? So you would know they were monks....Like now, people were vain, so cutting off your hair was a way to show dedication and loyalty to the church (in this case, the Roman Catholic, who forced their specific haircut on Britannia) Nuns used to cut off all their hair as well.
Pixel Dot (1 month ago)
The Skype sound scares me
Chobaca (1 month ago)
Man religion is soooo stupid....
Shardhana Morgan (1 month ago)
I'm shocked. They had to cut their hair like that?? I thought it was just early onset male pattern baldness!
Because it was, and still is, fashionable.
No fap haircut.
Cruz S (2 months ago)
Is for god to look at their brains
Chris K (2 months ago)
So Dan 1:50 thinks some had a triangle cut out of their hair. He's a Doctor which says he spent some time (on someone else's dime) thinking on this but no evidence is given for this theory. Here is the link to his thesis on the subject, something Vox should have supplied. https://scss.tcd.ie/misc/kronos/#tonsure
Jose Diola (2 months ago)
Why monks had that haircut?!!
Gabby (2 months ago)
i always thought the monks had that hairstyle because of the circular caps that priests wear
Vincent Ciccone (2 months ago)
It's not a haircut, it's called hairloss 🤣
Laura Cheung (2 months ago)
Luke Rinderknecht (2 months ago)
Anyone else have this come up in their recommended vids after they saw that Superbowl Budweiser ad with the monks cutting hair, and thinking to themselves "what an ugly and strange haircut"? *Conspiracy*
إسماعيل (2 months ago)
so "Why monks had that haircut" ?
bmf 456 (2 months ago)
this was tonsure to watch
TheSkywingIsHere (2 months ago)
Bruh monks looked like Saturn
Natasha Kershaw (2 months ago)
Monks wear the orange dress because it is a habit 🍊😎😎😎😎😎😎
flashuser777 (2 months ago)
I saw this video right before I started watching venture bros. What a weird.. coincidence?
New Goliard (2 months ago)
Bullshit.....they went to ye olde barber and said "hey fam...give me that unopened condom cut"
E3ECO (2 months ago)
That took a longish time to say very little.
Brad Evans (2 months ago)
So UGLY!!!!!!!!
nelsonta00 (2 months ago)
None of this came across my mind one bit. My conclusion to it all is that old, bald dudes are trying to make male pattern baldness look cool.
Forest VVoods (2 months ago)
someone please tell me the soundtrack to this video
Grigory Movchan (3 months ago)
I'm a monk of the church of st. Undercut
Aslan French (3 months ago)
very odd that vox is using the term "dark ages" which is considered in correct by modern historians by and large.
Andrea T (3 months ago)
5:00 this religion is called ‘The Fuckboy’
Andrea T (3 months ago)
sophblueberry (3 months ago)
Another not-quite-right video title... The focus was on the history and varieties of these haircuts, not specifically their meanings or the reasons for them.
Lily Nguyen (3 months ago)
no matter what, all their haircuts are still wack tho
Akhil (3 months ago)
tell those monks its Drip or Drown
Delanya (3 months ago)
1:45 I legit thought someone was calling me on skype
keepleft (3 months ago)
Where did they find this guy? Coast-to-Coast AM with Art Bell? What's the next story, we talk to a tarot card read who has a theory of what Satan does to cure a hangover?
dindia2 ll (3 months ago)
Interesting video, but the music is so annoying.
Emi Sumairu (3 months ago)
imagine a haircut so bad it actually got banned
uwsecon (3 months ago)
Excellent video, but Franciscans are friars not monks. Monks separate themselves from community while friars live as a part of the community.
KayAteChef (3 months ago)
I am not convinced that it was a triangle.
Brian Curtin (3 months ago)
Didn’t answer the question though, am I wrong? Why did they do it? Was there a significance to it other than the crown of thorns?
Travis Brooks (3 months ago)
From sleeping in cloaks
John C John (3 months ago)
Video ends at 1:00 for those who just wanted to know the answer to the title and thumbnail.
Courtney Fredericks (3 months ago)
Lost tribes in South America have the same haircut
Majd Alyo (3 months ago)
sassulusmagnus (3 months ago)
Where's the Trump tonsure?
Kyle (3 months ago)
Q: Where do channels such as Vox and School of Life manage to get all of their images from? Such as images of all the old decorated bible pages, etc... Anyone know? Thx

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