Edict: Wearing of Hair under Manchu Dynasty

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7 responses to “Edict: Wearing of Hair under Manchu Dynasty

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  2. After reading the Edict about this special hair style during the Manchu Dynasty, I do not know if it is true, but it reminded me of an event that happened in the Second World War II, a very sad event, The Holocaust. Even if it is not the same context and that the two events are not comparable, we can still see some similarities. When the Germans invaded, lets say, Poland for example because there was Jews there, the Germans, forced them, to do as they asked, and killed them if they did not obey. They were sent to concentration camps, but some, were clever or very useful, were sent to Germany to work on anything, such as ingenier or armory factories, and there, as the Chinese in our context, they “germanized” as the Chinese did with their language to nomadic tribes.

  3. Now, I wonder if what did Mao Zedong when he imposed to wear a red scarf and to have and read “The Little Red Book” was to copy what the Nazis did or to copy his ancestors, to force some culture styles to the population? Did he copy from them thinking that it worked with the Nazis? It is just a coincidence? Or It is my imagination and I am completely wrong?

  4. Yes Charles I agree with you it does remind me of the Holocaust, a lot because if you didn’t shave your head then you were as good as dead.
    About Mao Zedong, actually Hitler looked to Mao for inspiration. Hitler copied a lot of the things that Mao did.

  5. Another thing that I found similar to both of the edicts is how Stalin and his policy worked. In the Qing dynasty if you didn’t comply and shave your head you would die and in the Soviet Union if you didn’t listen to what they tell you to do, then you would be dead too. So that is one similarity between those two events.

    I also have a question: Why did the hairstyle have to be like that(all shaved except one patch of hair at the back which would be braided and grown), why couldn’t it have been a different hairstyle?

  6. I really like your questions Ash, I got the same one when I read through the reading. Can the answer has something to do with that the haircut looks like a Chinese symbol of some kind? Or it might represent something (I know that it does represent the Manchu tribal, but I mean before they took that as “their” symbol)? The “answers” are just from wild guessing.

    As Charles and Ash already has pointed out, I can also see similarities with the Holocaust and the Jews and their threatened comparing to the reading.

    I might also see a similarity with the USSR. One of USSR’s major problems in their last years was that they could not easily control such a big area without an organisation which was totally loyal to them, from the inner area to the outer area. I would not be surprise if the story ends up in that a groups of rebels in the outer part of the country begin to develop – which according to the reading had happened already – and will begin to spread more and more. The spreading will continue until it has reached the centre of the country and will probably result in some kind of riot against this “hair law”.

  7. The quote, “Lose your hair, or lose your head” relates to this reading a lot. Why do you guys think it was so important for the men to shave their head exactly like that? Would any of you ever make this sacrifice? It seems like a very strange thing to make the men do. You’d think that they’d enforce something more meaningful than just enforcing the same type of hair cut. I read the reading, but I do not fully understand the meaning behind it, as you guys might be able to tell. Is there a significance behind the haircut?

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