Symbols - What does heaven look like
A topknot is a small bunch of hair, either coiled round or plaited, or worn as a bun, at the top of the head. It has been used symbolically by a number of mystic groups, principally [though not exclusively] in Asia ad the Pacific, for example:
- Chonmage, a traditional Japanese haircut worn by men, most commonly associated with the Edo Period and Samurai, and in recent times with sumo wrestlers
- Sangtu, a knot of hair that married men of the Joseon Dynasty wore in Korea
- Sikha, worn by orthodox Hindus. It is a long tuft, or lock of hair left on top or on the back of the shaven head. Though traditionally all Hindus were required to wear a śikhā, today it is seen mainly among Brahmachari, 'celibate monks' and temple priests. Traditionally, Hindu men shave off all their hair as a child in a ritual known as the chudakarama. A lock of hair is left at the crown.
- Tikitiki, a top-knot worn by high-ranking Māori men
- Sikh topknot - often worm by young boys as their hair grows. Cutting hair is strictly forbidden in Sikhism for those who have taken the Amrit initiation ceremony.
- Other examples - in ancient Egypt a coming-of-age ceremony removed childhood locks of hair similar to the śikhā ; a topknot was also found in Thailand, and a similar lock of hair was used in China.
The symbolism combines that for hair and the crown. It is a way of showing in a more practical way than actually wearing a crown, that your crown chakra has been opened - you are spiritually open on a permanent basis.
Hair is viewed as a sort of final thread in the communication channels between the spiritual world and the physical world. The longer the hair, the better the communication, which is possibly why we subconsciously like to see long hair, and why people grow their hair – men and women. It is why the Sikhs don't cut their hair – symbolically it would destroy their links with the spiritual world.
Over the hills and a long way off
The wind shall blow your topknot off!
For iPad/iPhone users: tap letter twice to get list of items.
- Krishna - Krishna stealing butter #024739
- Shaivism - Concepts and symbols - Trident #022506
- Siren of Cannossa #002660
- Spencer, Stanley - Symbolism 14 - Farms, gates and cows #019399
- Spencer, Stanley - Symbolism 19 - The Lovers (The Dustman) #019405
- Surdas - Fatephur Sikri manuscript - NPS 1744 #017249
- Surdas - Fatephur Sikri manuscript - NPS 792 #017245
- Symbolism - Korean mystic shamanism - Androgyny and Grey #027045
- Symbolism - Korean mystic shamanism – Costume: Crown #027033
- Symbolism - Korean mystic shamanism – Costume: Topknot #027146
- The Lotus Sutra - 13 Peaceful practises - 5 The Thus Come One acts as king of the doctrines #023894
- The Lotus Sutra - 22 Wonderful sound - 1 Adorned with Pure Light #023912
- Tom Tom the Piper's son #008200
- Zosimos of Panopolis - The Mushaf as-suwar - 6th Book about the Nature, Book of Imuths #015933