religious costumes

It is not just an item of clothing it is a costume and a message

As I waited in line at the post office yesterday my eye was caught by a poster on the wall. At first?glance, it appeared to show a Muslim family. The mother in a head scarf and flowing robes, the father with tea towel like headgear and a thick beard and the child sleeping peacefully swaddled in fabric that only showed his face. Then it hit me. It was a nativity calendar and the family depicted was the first ever Christian family.

I then reflected on how Christians no longer dress in historical Arab clothing but that many Muslims still wear it even if they are not Arabs and were born in Indonesia or India or another non-Arab country.Even Muslim families where the men dress in western clothes they often grow unfashionable historical style beards and the women continue to wear the historical headscarves from hundreds of years ago. A clear example of this is these two New Zealand converts to Islam. The man grew?a beard and the woman covered herself with a head scarf.

Here in New Zealand just last week, the New Zealand herald ran an article featuring two New Zealand converts.

Here in New Zealand just last week, the New Zealand herald ran an article featuring two New Zealand converts.

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