Interestingly, the pigtail, which even now is often worn by Chinese men, was once a symbol of slavery and submission. In 1644, the Manchus captured China and ordered all men to shave off their hair, leaving only a few strands on the back of their heads, which eventually began to be braided. When talking with Mr., the Chinese was obliged to re-color the braid behind his back as a sign of respect. The Chinese rebels cut their braids and went to the mountains to wage guerrilla warfare, but the bulk got used to this fashion over time, and continued to wear pigtails after the conquerors were expelled from China.
The biblical hero Samson had seven braids, and it was in these braids that his mighty strength was. After they were secretly cut off by a mistress during sleep, the hero lost his strength.
The traditional male hairstyle of African Maasai warriors is small braids in the front, and in the back the hair falls freely down to the waist. Warriors and women should not shave their heads on their bald heads.
In fashionable among subcultures, dreadlocks are braided from 140 to 200 braids, it depends on their thickness and hair density.
In ancient Greece and Rome, complex hairstyles from braids were worn. Ovid and a number of other authors of the 1st-2nd centuries mention false braids.
Before the birth of their first child, Uzbek girls and women braided their hair in small braids (up to 40), other women should have only two braids.
The black ribbons of the sailor's peakless cap are similar to the old tarred sailor braids, which adorned themselves with daring sailors from sailing ships in the Middle Ages.
Since ancient times in Russia, married girls braided their hair in one braid, if a girl had a ribbon woven into a braid, this meant that she was ready for marriage. A ribbon woven into half the length of the hair indicated the presence of a groom, and two braids were plaited on the head of an already married woman (according to another version, grandmothers and great-grandmothers "said goodbye" to their long braids after marriage). Forcibly they could cut off the girl's braid as a sign of dishonor or desecration. Basically, this could be done for the loss of innocence before the wedding.
A female braid consists of an average of two hundred thousand hairs and is able to withstand a load weighing 20 tons.