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    Default Share your heads

    Share your heads in mourning for the children in whom you delight.

    What do the words in bold mean?

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    Default Re: Share your heads

    It doesn't mean anything to me. You might 'shave' your head in mourning, but, I can't see how 'share' works, though I could be missing an obvious point.

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    Default Re: Share your heads

    Or 'shake'?

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    Default Re: Share your heads

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It doesn't mean anything to me. You might 'shave' your head in mourning, but, I can't see how 'share' works, though I could be missing an obvious point.
    Thanks, Bob, you're right; it's should be shave.

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    Default Re: Share your heads

    Is it a Buddhist way of mourning? Here in Cambodia, some widows shave their heads.

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    Default Re: Share your heads

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Is it a Buddhist way of mourning? Here in Cambodia, some widows shave their heads.
    I don't think so because I haven't heard or seen this kind of practice in Taiwan, which is also to some extent regarded as a Buddhist country.
    Besides, someone told me that it's an allusion to something in the Bible.

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    Default Re: Share your heads

    Shaving off the hair of the head is a sign of mourning in many cultures. It is referred to several times in the Old Testament, from which the original question came.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Shaving off the hair of the head is a sign of mourning in many cultures. It is referred to several times in the Old Testament, from which the original question came.
    Both a sign of mourning, and expected behaviour in some cultures - the relatives wanted to be sure that the widow would no longer be attractive. And sometimes the bereaved woman would not want to be attractive anyway: there's a folk-song (English, but we are not alone in this respect) that says

    I'll cut away my bonny hair
    No other man shall think me fair
    [bonny and fair both mean 'attractive' in this context].

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    Last edited by BobK; 18-Feb-2007 at 17:28. Reason: Added quotation

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    Default Re: Share your heads

    Thanks fpr the information- I am afraid that I miss most Biblical references.

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