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Παρασκευή, 18 Μαΐου 2007

CYPRIOT MEN AND ΤHEIR CUSTOM OF WEARING EARINGS

Wearing earings has become fashion among some Cypriot men during the last decades but unlike what most people think, this is not a new fad taken from the West and foreign to Cyprus. A very little know custom of Cypriot men of the 19th century was that they shaved their head and left only a pony -tail on the back and also that they used to put earrings on both or one of their ears. An eye-witness of this custom was a German woman named Magda Ohnefalsch-Richter who came to Cyprus at the end of the 19th and wrote a book called "Greek traditions and customs in Cyprus". In her very informative book about the Cypriot way of life of this period, she writes the following on the subject: "A very horrid Cypriot mens' habit, which today is still seen only among the very old, and thankfully is fast disappearing, is shaving their head completely and leaving only a tuft of hair or a pony -tail at the back of their head, just as the Chinese men do. In some cases I have seen old men, wearing on both ears, or even on only one ear, gold plated or silver earrings that have the shape of buttons, a custom, which has been abandoned by the new generation of today. Information of this little known Cypriot custom also comes from a Greek-Cypriot newspaper of the time called "Salpinx" and in an article on the topic, it calls on particularly the men of the village of Lefkoniko, to give up this "barbaric and eastern" custom of wearing earrings, as the editor characterized it, and adopt the new and western ways brought from Europe. This was over a century ago, little did both observers know that after a century it would become fashion again for some of the Cypriot men to wear earings.

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  1. May I add, you can also see Jesus wearing an earring in a very old byzantine picture.
    (The explanation is that since Cypriot men wore them, the artist thought it natural that Jesus had one as well.)

    Είδα ότι τώρα ανοίξατε. Καλή συνέχεια. :-)

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