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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 (1 month ago)
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Ronin (1 month ago)
+XxJoekerxX right? They just call anyone they don't like white supremacists or Nazis haha
XxJoekerxX (1 month ago)
Vox your a bad source of any kind of information.
Enough with the PC (1 month 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.
No fap haircut.
Cruz S (5 days ago)
Is for god to look at their brains
Chris K (7 days 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 (8 days ago)
Why monks had that haircut?!!
Gabby (9 days ago)
i always thought the monks had that hairstyle because of the circular caps that priests wear
Vincent Ciccone (9 days ago)
It's not a haircut, it's called hairloss 🤣
Laura Cheung (10 days ago)
I THOUGHT SOMEONE WAS CALLING ME ON SKYPE FOR A SEC EVEN THO I DONT USE IT ANYMORE
Luke Rinderknecht (10 days 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 (10 days ago)
so "Why monks had that haircut" ?
bmf 456 (11 days ago)
this was tonsure to watch
TheWarriorAugie (11 days ago)
Bruh monks looked like Saturn
Natasha Kershaw (12 days ago)
Monks wear the orange dress because it is a habit 🍊😎😎😎😎😎😎
flashuser777 (12 days ago)
I saw this video right before I started watching venture bros. What a weird.. coincidence?
P for Potato_77 (14 days ago)
People fighting over which religion is right, which political system is better, but I just can't imagine them arguing which haircut is worst.
New Goliard (14 days ago)
Bullshit.....they went to ye olde barber and said "hey fam...give me that unopened condom cut"
E3ECO (15 days ago)
That took a longish time to say very little.
Brad Evans (15 days ago)
So UGLY!!!!!!!!
nelsonta00 (19 days 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 (19 days ago)
someone please tell me the soundtrack to this video
Grigory Movchan (24 days ago)
I'm a monk of the church of st. Undercut
Aslan French (24 days ago)
very odd that vox is using the term "dark ages" which is considered in correct by modern historians by and large.
Andrea T (25 days ago)
5:00 this religion is called ‘The Fuckboy’
Andrea T (25 days ago)
jkjk
sophblueberry (26 days 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 (27 days ago)
no matter what, all their haircuts are still wack tho
TRUMP GRIFFIN (28 days ago)
tell those monks its Drip or Drown
Delanya (1 month ago)
1:45 I legit thought someone was calling me on skype
keepleft (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Interesting video, but the music is so annoying.
Emi Sumairu (1 month ago)
imagine a haircut so bad it actually got banned
uwsecon (1 month ago)
Excellent video, but Franciscans are friars not monks. Monks separate themselves from community while friars live as a part of the community.
KayAteChef (1 month ago)
I am not convinced that it was a triangle.
Brian Curtin (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
From sleeping in cloaks
John C John (1 month ago)
Video ends at 1:00 for those who just wanted to know the answer to the title and thumbnail.
Courtney Fredericks (1 month ago)
Lost tribes in South America have the same haircut
Majd Alyo (1 month ago)
Saturn
sassulusmagnus (1 month ago)
Where's the Trump tonsure?
Kyle (1 month 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
Blackball (1 month ago)
1:28...was it the Mohawk? Yeah it was an Irish Mohawk. The triangle represents the trinity.
Shivam Sharma (1 month ago)
Can someone tell me where the music from the intro is from
Sadcore Prince (1 month ago)
ronnie magro at 5:25 😂
Conrad Oddoye (1 month ago)
Who else got shook by the Skype call sound?
Karen Van Hook (1 month ago)
Misleading title. Don't waste your time.
alejandro aponte (1 month ago)
Yeah but why
EVAN JOSEPH (1 month ago)
saturn
aiM (1 month ago)
Who cares why religious people do anything, its always stupid
Mike Traversy (1 month ago)
Wow this was a really dumb video. Also, what is UP with the music? SO distracting!
Ridley Jones (1 month ago)
3:30 orthodoxy in the front, heresy in the back
Caleb Collier (1 month ago)
Because they care more about the _droid attack on the wookies_
Beyond Redemption (1 month ago)
That is a deadly trim right there
peposlavdvorak (1 month ago)
What's the background music, please?
Ian Magnuson (1 month ago)
The grad students working for him should be glad he had friends in computers, otherwise snip snip for them.
Either you’ve illustrated the “Pauline Tonsure” incorrectly, or it wasn’t used like that in Eastern Orthodoxy. It’s hard to find any icon with a saint with a completely shaved head. Eastern Orthodox monks don’t shave their bodies in any way.
so a circumcision for your head basically
Jakub Uniejewski (1 month ago)
Hi Vox, what is the music during the intro? I like it a lot but Shazzam can't identify the tune :(
Ellie Malm (1 month ago)
3:42 Illuminati confirmed
NebachadnezzaR (1 month ago)
Great video but you could have avoided using the term "dark ages". It's a bit like calling pre-historic peoples "cavemen". We know what you mean, but it's incorrect
Leo g (1 month ago)
Did he just say there's a cult significance to getting a combover?.
Uncle Ben's (1 month ago)
Because they were probably just a nazis, thats all!
Joe Harris (1 month ago)
Beautifully produced video, but says nothing.
CASEY LEE (1 month ago)
i thought someone called me on skype
dʒeɪms (1 month ago)
"angul"-seaxon??
Albert Sosnowski (1 month ago)
So why?
rgball gamer (1 month ago)
Hear is another video idea or article that you can make for VOX. Why Are You On My YouTube Recommendations When Didn’t subscribe or Like your videos
Uriel De La Vega (1 month ago)
Interesting
Crispus Attucks (1 month ago)
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Kyung Choung (1 month ago)
Catholic is not Christian.
Kevin (1 month ago)
He didn’t pay for the haircut right???
sweetboo1022 (1 month ago)
You know you have a slow start to your day when, as an atheist, you find yourself on YouTube watching a video about haircuts for the most devout Catholics. I think it's time I got off the computer and did something useful.
Matt Gyver (1 month ago)
3:33 Illuminati confirmed!
Bryan Chin (1 month ago)
I thought it was just natural hair loss.
Aristo Nicholas (1 month ago)
Holy Halo
Josh Cade (1 month ago)
It just looks like a bad haircut 💇‍♂️
Shanel Draey (1 month ago)
Barber: what will be your style today? Me: I want too be a catholic priest. Barber: I got you bro Me: 2:44
Shanel Draey (1 month ago)
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Justin Y. (1 month ago)
Hey, I have that cut Jk
anni collan (1 month ago)
A weirdly interesting video.. and a very symphatetic academic :-)
Peter Yost (1 month ago)
Cool, but you still didn't explain _why_ they had that hair cut.
It was to protect their virginity
Apollyon 94 (1 month ago)
Doesnt that banned Haircut look like trump
Yap Liwen (1 month ago)
地中海
Isaac Li (1 month ago)
I would like to be associated with the fuckbois
Insular Church of Iona, was it?
MushrooMilkshake (1 month ago)
Illuminati confirmed!
Ahh, I used to think it was symbolic and facilitative to their celibacy. Nobody getting laid in that haircut.
Jeffrey Caine (1 month ago)
Why did they need the computer graphics? Just photoshop it or shave a triangle out of someone's head.
Ricardo (1 month ago)
lol
Clark Tierney (1 month ago)
For the same reason Vox has that hair brain....
St Andrew888 (1 month ago)
Why, then monks had that hairstyle? Was the question answered? Will we ever know?
SundayMatinee (1 month ago)
Misleading title. Not much information. Instead of explaining why monks have that haircut, they go on about the "Celtic tonsure". And that tonsure is only described by this one researcher! This is another low quality video from Vox. Promising to explain one thing, then either getting it completely wrong or not explaining it at all. I'm looking at you, "Christmas Chord"!
Kroban3 (1 month ago)
It could also represent the rings of Saturn. On the north pole of Saturn is a hexagon and on the south pole is an all-seeing eye.
christorey68 (1 month ago)
FYI, St. Francis was not a monk. He, along with his followers are friars. The practice of wearing ones hair in a tonsure is still being done by some Benedictine monasteries. It’s required by novices entering into their first year or novitiate.
Edward Bliss (1 month ago)
Next time I get a haircut, I'm going to say I want get a haircut like a monk
justin Kassel (1 month ago)
Great job vox. You explained nothing. I'm surprised you didn't find time to bash trump.
MICHGO1 (1 month ago)
THE MUSIC IS FIGHTING THE VOICE OVER MAKING THIS DIFFICULT TO LISTEN TO.
Ali Hasan (1 month ago)
Skype call?
D C (1 month ago)
I hate the jerky animation style
Matt Schroeder (1 month ago)
Please make a video about the undercut mentioned at the end.
Matthew Fox (1 month ago)
It's a triangle! I L L U M I N A T I C O N F I R M E D
Andrew Hohne (1 month ago)
LOL Title is misleading. You never explain why they wear their hair like this except for the cynical reason that they are just being fashionable. You also say that the difference in the tonsure is a sign of "serious differences in religious practice" (not sure how this could be if the tonsure is just a fashion, but never-mind that). Um...what are they? You say the Easter date changed, okay. The other one is DIFFERENCE IN THE TONSURE ITSELF. So you're saying the difference in the tonsures reflects the difference in the tonsures. Brilliant. You could have made a one-minute video that said that "the disciplines in the Celtic and Roman tradition were different. Then they united. They the disciplines were the same." Couldn't do that though. That wouldn't make the Roman Church look like an oppressor, which is really the goal of this muddled video.

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