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Old 01-23-2013, 06:47 PM
 
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So beards are seen as being a sign of a barbarian, but if you look at a lot of guys in Asian history (like Guan Yu) they are shown with beards. Can someone explain this?
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:28 PM
 
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So beards are seen as being a sign of a barbarian, but if you look at a lot of guys in Asian history (like Guan Yu) they are shown with beards. Can someone explain this?

In this case history is not reflecting current views. In an age where you can readily buy razers, hair removers or even go to a place to have it cut, many people feel it is a sign of barbarism.

With that said, I wear a beard and I am trying to convince people that beards are better then no beards.
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:44 PM
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Never heard of beards being related to barbarians in my part of the world though.

Where did you hear that?
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:46 PM
 
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Never heard of beards being related to barbarians in my part of the world though.

Where did you hear that?
Never heard that either.
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:06 PM
 
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Never heard of beards being related to barbarians in my part of the world though.

Where did you hear that?

I am going to guess from some Asian version of Salary Man today.
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:09 PM
 
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I'll admit I overgeneralized, but in East Asia (China, Korea, Japan) I am pretty sure it is a thing. Otherwise I've wasted a lot of time wondering about this...
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:54 AM
 
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I'll admit I overgeneralized, but in East Asia (China, Korea, Japan) I am pretty sure it is a thing. Otherwise I've wasted a lot of time wondering about this...
I've never heard the barbarian thing either - and I've been living in Korea/Japan for a long time now.

One thing, however, most Asian women don't find beards very attractive. They'll usually tell you that you look better clean-shaven. Usually they say it looks dirty.

But, that's just for young guys trying to date asian women. I don't think that's something that everyone in the entire society thinks though.
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:21 AM
 
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So beards are seen as being a sign of a barbarian, but if you look at a lot of guys in Asian history (like Guan Yu) they are shown with beards. Can someone explain this?
No, I can not explain a possible error in views of beards... Can you cite a reference?


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Old 01-24-2013, 11:48 AM
 
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So beards are seen as being a sign of a barbarian, but if you look at a lot of guys in Asian history (like Guan Yu) they are shown with beards. Can someone explain this?
I can see how beards might be associated with barbarians because "barba" means "beard" in Spanish and "barbaro" is "barbarian." I dont know if there's any correlation, but it has crossed my mind before.
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:02 PM
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I've never heard the barbarian thing either - and I've been living in Korea/Japan for a long time now.

One thing, however, most Asian women don't find beards very attractive. They'll usually tell you that you look better clean-shaven. Usually they say it looks dirty.

But, that's just for young guys trying to date asian women. I don't think that's something that everyone in the entire society thinks though.
True... My mum actually thinks so too.

But it's another story with stubbles - a lot of women find that attractive. I wish I could grow one.
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