The sacrifice, the victim, who was often kept in captivity for long periods, was devoted by the cutting of his hair, previously unshorn, and his sanctity was increased later by various ceremonies of anointing.
From the head of a dying person Proserpine was supposed to cut a lock of hair which had been kept sacred and unshorn through life.
The lock so cut may have been that which was kept sacred to the gods and unshorn (Etym.
The characteristic marks of a Nazarite were unshorn locks and abstinence from wine (Judges xiii.
In the cases of Samuel and Samson the unshorn locks are a mark of consecration to God (Judges xiii.
To leave the locks unshorn during an arduous undertaking in which the divine aid was specially implored, and to consecrate the hair after success, was a practice among various ancient nations, but the closest parallel to the Hebrew custom is found in Arabia?
There the vow was generally one of war or revenge, and, till it was accomplished, the man who vowed left his hair unshorn and unkempt, and abstained from wine, women, ointment and perfume.
At this time unshorn lambs are dipped and dosed with one of Cooper's tablets of sulphur-arsenic dip material to destroy internal parasites.