Hair Is An Extension Of The Nervous System—Why Native American Indians Keep Their Hair Long

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Hair is an extension of the nervous system

When thinking about hair, we often rush to make connections with beauty salons, hair products, hairstyles and everything connected to that, but few of us have actually asked why ancient Cultures like Native American Indians keep their hair long.

As noted by C. Young on Scott, human Hair is can best be described as an extension of the human nervous system; it can be accurately resumed as being a system of exteriorized nerves, a type of highly developed human ‘feelers’ or ‘antennae’ that are capable of transmitting enormous amounts of important data to the brain stem, the limbic system, and the neocortex.”

The fact is that innumerable ancient cultures on Earth maintain the belief that long hair signifies a unique and special weight. And despite the fact that thousands of miles isolated some of these cultures, countless similarities are present among them.


Curiously, many of these ancient cultures agreed on the fact how the hair was an extension of the soul, and evidence of that are countless traditions that many Native American Indians have guarded until this day sacredly.

After the young Native Americans were recruited/, and after going through countless rituals of joining the army, the skills and talents which were present, and specific to them seemed to vanish.

Confused, the army started exploring for answers and returned to some of the Native American elders who responded when their young men received the mandatory haircut after joining the military, they could no longer “sense” the way they did before.

Their almost supernatural abilities—like their ‘otherworldly’ intuition—disappeared.

After more recruits were selected from different Native American tribes, they performed tests in order to see what was going on, and if “the length of hair” had anything to do with their capabilities.

After recruits were gathered, the military decided to let some of them keep their long hair and submitted them to different tests to study the phenomenon.

After several tests where “Native American trackers” with long hair raced against others who had their hair cut, military experts found how Native American trackers with longer hair had access to something like a ‘sixth sense, to’ and their intuition seemed to be much more reliable when compared to men with short hair.

Maybe, after all, there is a reason as to why this tradition is still alive in the 21st century, and maybe there is some truth when the ancient say how our hair is an extension of the soul, an extension that helps us sense what we could not with shorter hair.

Check out this video which maybe will explain what I was trying to transmit in this article more eloquently.

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This article  (Hair is an extension of the nervous system—Why Native American Indians keep their hair LONG) was published on Educate Inspire Change and it is reposted here with permission.


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