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Veil Definition

(Wikipedia) - Veil This article is about the article of clothing, or a religious item. For other uses, see Veil (disambiguation).Standing woman holding her veil. Terracotta figurine, ca. 400–375 BC.
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Depiction of Isabeau of Bavaria, queen of France, wearing veiling

A veil is an article of clothing or cloth hanging that is intended to cover some part of the head or face, or an object of some significance. It is especially associated with women and sacred objects.

One view is that as a religious item, it is intended to show honor to an object or space. The actual sociocultural, psychological, and sociosexual functions of veils have not been studied extensively but most likely include the maintenance of social distance and the communication of social status and cultural identity. The Quran has no requirement that women cover their faces with a veil, or cover their bodies with the full-body burqua or chador.

  • 1 History
  • 2 Religion
  • 3 Hats
  • 4 Wedding veils
  • 5 Dance
  • 6 Courtesans
  • 7 Veils for men
  • 8 Etymology
  • 9 See also
  • 10 References
  • 11 External links


The first recorded instance of veiling for women is recorded in an Assyrian legal text from the 13th century BC, which restricted its use to noble women and forbade prostitutes and common women from adopting it. The Mycenaean Greek term

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