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Crowning glory

Posted by RRC on September 23, 2009 at 17:03

In Reply to: Crowning glory posted by ESC on September 23, 2009 at 14:52:

: : What is the origin of the expression - "Your hair is your crowning glory"? Trying to write a college essay about my curly blond hair, going to high school in a sea of straight haired brunettes. Trying to make a connection about my hair and my individual attributes. Would like to tie in the phrase my grandmother often says.

: I looked in several phrase references and quote books and all I could find was "crown of glory" from the Bible. Did find: "Until the fashions changed in the present century, long, flowing hair was esteemed as a great beauty in women, especially if it was curly or wavy." "The Encyclopedia of Superstitions" by E. and M.A. Radford, edited and revised by Christina Hole, Barnes and Noble Books, 1996. First published in 1948.Page 176.

The Latin root of glory means praise or honor. Glory is also used to refer to the presense of God in something as represented by halos and auras in religious paintings and icons, also known as the shekinah or sometimes even shekinah glory. Here's a link to Wikipedia:
Note in the picture, the presense of God in David is represented by not a halo, but a crown floating over his head.