A History of Men with Beards

June 29, 2019 by No Comments

Men with Beards

A history of men with beards. And I mean facial hair. 1890: I’ll kill that bear with my bare hands. 2020’s: Is that hand cream organic. Folks, we’re getting weaker with each man who pansys up.

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The Epic Saga of Beards: From Ancient Warriors to Modern Hipsters

In the annals of history, the beard has stood as a formidable symbol of power, wisdom, and occasionally, a convenient napkin. Fast forward to today, and the beard has undergone a renaissance, morphing from the rugged bristles of yesteryears into the meticulously groomed statements of identity in the age of social media influencers and craft beer aficionados. Let’s embark on a follicular journey through time, comparing the bearded men of the old with their modern counterparts, all while attempting to decipher what lies beneath those mystical manes.

Beards of Yore: Symbols of Might and Majesty

  • The Ancient Warriors: Picture the imposing figure of a Viking, his beard a wild, untamed cascade of hair, much like the fierce northern seas he navigates. This wasn’t just about style; it was about intimidation, protection against the cold, and probably hiding snacks for long voyages.
  • The Wise Philosophers: Then, consider the Greeks and their philosophical beards. Socrates, Plato, and their bearded brethren weren’t just sporting facial hair; they were donning the very symbol of wisdom and intellectual prowess. The longer the beard, the wiser you were supposed to be—though it probably also meant you had more crumbs hidden within.
  • The Kings and Emperors: From the mighty Pharaohs of Egypt to the regal emperors of China, beards were a mark of sovereignty and divine right. Some cultures even believed that a king’s beard was a direct channel to the gods, which explains why some monarchs looked like they were trying to grow their own stairways to heaven.

The Modern Beard: From Rebellion to Mainstream

  • The Hipster Revolution: Fast forward to the 21st century, and the beard becomes the hallmark of the hipster, a symbol of rebellion against the clean-shaven norms of the corporate world. These beards are not just facial hair; they’re curated exhibitions of individuality, often accompanied by artisanal beard oils and a penchant for discussing the nuances of single-origin coffee beans.
  • The Bearded Professional: The modern workplace has seen a détente in the beard wars, with facial hair becoming more accepted across different industries. Today’s bearded professional might pair his well-groomed beard with a sharp suit, signaling both sophistication and a nod to rugged individualism. It’s less about rebellion now and more about personal branding.
  • The Social Media Influencer: In the era of Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok, the beard has found new ground as a key accessory for the social media influencer. It’s no longer just about the hair on your face but how it’s styled, groomed, and—most importantly—how it looks on camera. The modern beard is a statement piece, often accompanied by tutorials on the perfect trim, the best grooming products, and how to strike that viral-worthy pose.

What Lies Beneath: The Universal Beard

  • The Quest for Identity: At their core, beards have always been about more than just facial hair. They’re a quest for identity, a way for men across ages to express themselves, signal their status, or align with certain cultural or societal ideals.
  • The Bond of Bearded Brotherhood: There’s an unspoken camaraderie among bearded men, a sense of belonging to an ancient brotherhood that transcends time and culture. Whether it’s the Viking on his longship, the philosopher in his academy, or the barista behind his coffee counter, the beard is a badge of honor.
  • The Call of the Wild: Perhaps, in the end, every beard, whether ancient or modern, is a nod to our primal nature, a call of the wild that resides in every man. It’s a reminder of our roots, a connection to our ancestors, and a declaration of our individuality in an ever-changing world.

So, there you have it, a tale as old as time, retold through the whispers of beards across centuries. Share this journey with your bearded brethren, the clean-shaven curious, and anyone in between who’s ever pondered the mysteries of the male mane. And remember, whether your beard is a testament to your wisdom, a statement of your individuality, or just a really convenient napkin, wear it with pride. After all, every beard, no matter how scruffy or sculpted, is a story waiting to be told.

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