THE SIKHA OR HAIR-FLAG THAT MARKS THE TOP OF THE BODY AS A TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT OF HERU-AUSU / HELIOS / HARI-VASU-DEVA… A series of volumes in my never-published multi-volume history of monotheism “The Name …of the Living God” was devoted to the practise of tonsuring and face-shaving related to religious devotion, varna and ashram in ancient societies. In ancient Greek Traditions, the practise of men shaving the front of their head hair and leaving the back, or part of the back, to grow was related to HELIOS WORSHIP and is now generally called a Theseus Tonsure from the famous Greek Hero, Theseus, who killed the Creten Monster, the Minotur of the Labyrinth. Any version of the Theseus Tonsure was generally associated with the devotees, warrior or noble class of the HELIOS worshiping Greeks.
In Egypt such a tonsure was also associated with the Priesthood of Helios / HERU-AUSU. Compare the practise of such a tonsure among the Pure Land Buddhist warrior-monks of China and Japan. In Israel and Judah, the Jews interpreted the minor commandment of their God, Helios / ELI-YAHU, not to ‘miter the corners’ of their hair as refering to the forelocks in front of the ears. Thus even today Orthodox Jews, who cut or shave the hair on the rest of their heads, let these forelocks grow. The Nazarites like Samson, John the Baptist and Jesus let all of their hair and beard grow, according to their Nazarite Vow of Aseticism / Tzaddik-ism / Sadhaka-ism!
Volumes could be written on the subject of tonsure and hair style in the ancient World as a means of group identification, voluntary and forced social control. In ancient societies hair as a symbol of one’s family, tribe, social role or status was used to identify people of all ages, both female and male, or intersex. Used with decoration, habit or clothing and other forms of body-marking, like painting / anointing, tattooing, branding and scarification, the ancients created uniform ways to easily identify each other ‘on sight’. In my over 40 years of interdisciplinary research I have used these same ways to identify the ancients according to what their ethnic, religious and other social status was. Thus I have traced tonsures, dress and the body-marking Urdhva (Upwards or vertical) Tilaka and the Chakra (‘Solar’ Cycle Circle) Symbol of the Vaishnavas through many cultures and times.