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Definition of Veil

We understand by veil all that piece of cloth that is used in some way to cover part or all of the person's face. The idea of ​​veil is normally associated with women , but many current and ancient cultures allowed men to also wear veils especially for a matter of protection of the face from the inclement weather . The veil is one of the most controversial pieces of clothing in history since while contributing to give sensuality and mystery to women, it is also understood as an oppressive object about the dignity of women.

The veil is normally seen as an accessory rather than as a garment. It is a piece or piece of cloth that in most cases is light and fresh. It is usually placed on some part of the face, covering in most cases the lower section of it. In other cases, the veil can cover the entire face and fall from the top of the head, as seen with the veils that make up the wedding dresses. Finally, other veils are part of the same clothing that folds and fits over the face. In any of the three cases, the veil serves two main functions: first, to protect the face from the inhospitable climate that can be generated in desert areas, with lots of sun and sandstorms (that's why the veil is common in the Middle East) . The second reason why it is used is to cover those parts of the body that some cultures such as the Islamic consider imprudent to expose, especially the mouth and part of the female face.

While the veil is a characteristic element of the idiosyncrasies of certain cultures, the West sees it and assimilates it as an element of oppression that men generate over women and which represents, in other words, the domination and very deep patriarchal structure of the cultures of the Middle East and Islam.

Author: Cecilia Bembibre | Site: - definition | Date: January 2011 | URL: /general/velo.php