Religious clothing

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Religious clothing is dress which has a special significance to a faith group.

Christianity[edit]

Vestments are liturgical garments and articles associated primarily with the Christian religions, especially the Latin Rite and other Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglicans, Methodists, and Lutheran Churches. Other groups also make use of vestments, but this was a point of controversy in the Protestant Reformation and sometimes since - notably during the Ritualist controversies in England in the 19th century. Clerical clothing is non-liturgical clothing worn exclusively by clergy. It is distinct from vestments in that it is not reserved specifically for services.

Adherents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and other sects within the broader Latter Day Saint Movement often receive special garments at or around the age of eighteen. The garments, which are worn at all times under typical clothing, date back to the early days of Mormonism, originating with Mormon founder and prophet, Joseph Smith, Jr., and have evolved over time. Members believe that wearing these garments can protect them from physical and spiritual danger, and serve to remind them of covenants they have made with God and Jesus Christ.

Ecumenicism[edit]

A Peace Mala is a symbolic bracelet used to promote the message of the Golden Rule of mutual respect recognised by many spiritual paths. It consists of 16 beads, forming a double rainbow, which represent Christianity, Buddhism, Sikhism, Islam, Judaism, Bahá'í, ISKCON, Zoroastrianism, Tribal and Native Religions, Jainism, Earth Religions, Taoism, Hinduism and Yungdrung Bön, with the central white bead representing the wearer and whatever path they may follow.[1]

Islam[edit]

Dress in Islam varies from country to country. The Quranic sura An-Nur ("The Light") prescribes modesty in dress.

The veil is clearly stated and recommended in the Holy Quran and Muslim women have been wearing it to preserve their dignity not showing their beauty (hair) to other men than their husband and family.

In the Holy Quran, Allah says: « O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves [part] of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful. » Prophet Mohamed explained it to Muslims and 1439 years ago, Muslims are committed to Allah’s orders.

The Veil is worn especially of the Islamic world. Many Muslim countries adapted the veil to their culture and traditions. For example, there are Muslim countries like Turkey where a headscarf is common. However this does not mean that Niqab or Burqa or Khimar are not worn. In Saudi Arabia the Veil, the Niqab, the Khimar and the Burqa are typical. In Afghanistan and parts of Pakistan the burqa and the Niqab is common. In India in Kashmir, Muslim women wear the Veil and the Khimar. In Soudan, Indonesia and Malaysia, the Veil, the Khimar and the Jilbab are more common.

Judaism[edit]

Red string in Kabbalah.

A kippah is a cloth head covering worn by Jewish males during prayer or other ritual services. Some wear it every day. In the United States, most synagogues and Jewish funeral services keep a ready supply of kipot for the temporary use of visitors who have not brought one.

Tzitzit are specially knotted ritual fringes, or tassels worn by some Jewish men and boys. Tzitzit are attached to the four corners of the tallit (Jewish prayer shawl).

The tichel is a headscarf worn by some Jewish women. Some women wear them during prayer and religious rituals; some women wear them every day.

The gartel is a belt used by some Jewish men during prayer. "Gartel" is Yiddish for "belt."

Some Jewish men wear a frock coat during prayer and other specific occasions. It is commonly worn by rabbis and Jewish religious leader in public. The coat is known as a frak, a sirtuk, or a kapotteh.

In Jewish Mysticism, wearing a thin red string (as a type of talisman) is a custom, popularly thought to be associated with Judaism's Kabbalah, in order to ward off misfortune brought about by an "evil eye" (עין הרע in Hebrew). In Yiddish the red string is called a roite bindele. The red string itself is usually made from thin red wool thread. It is worn, or tied, as a type of bracelet or "band" on the left wrist of the wearer (the receiving side).[1]

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  1. ^ a b "Do you know your awareness bracelets?". BBC News Magazine. 2005-02-04. Retrieved 2008-04-28.