Dong Hoa, Vietnam, August 26
While coronavirus lockdowns brought about many males internationally to develop their hair longer than typical, none evaluate with Vietnam’s Nguyen Van Chien who has gone virtually 80 years and not using a trim.
The 92-year-old from the southern Mekong Delta area is the proud proprietor of five-metre lengthy dreadlocks, owing to his perception in a religion that prescribes leaving untouched what an individual is born with.
“I believe if I cut my hair I will die. I dare not to change anything, not even combing it,” Chien informed Reuters in his village about 80km (50 miles) west of Ho Chi Minh City.
“I only nurture it, cover it in a scarf to keep it dry and clean and looking nice.”
Chien, who worships 9 powers and 7 gods, believes it was his calling to develop his hair, which he bundles up underneath an orange turban.
He was required to trim it when in school, however left after third grade and determined by no means to chop, comb or wash it once more.
“I remembered my hair was black, thick and strong. I combed it, untangled it to make it smooth. But when I heard the calling from the divine power, I knew immediately that I was chosen,” he mentioned.
“I touched my hair and in a single day it has turned actually exhausting.
It has connected to my head and have become a factor of its personal.” Chien follows a near-obsolete faith known as “Dua”, the coconut faith, named after its founder who claimed he survived solely on coconuts to retain his vitality. Dua is banned in Vietnam and categorised as a false perception.
Chien’s fifth son, Luom, helps him to handle his big locks.
He too believes within the connection between hair and mortality, having seen a person cross away after making an attempt to re-attach his hair with string.
“These things look simple, but they are sacred,” mentioned 62-year-old Luom. — Reuters