David N. Snyder wrote:Apparently at this time period on the Indian sub-continent, it was considered disrespectful to cover your head around others, especially teachers.
I guess that might mis that at this time there have been less woman being disiples. I would wonder if woman generally haven't covered as most as possible as well as it has been seen as a sign of respect.
To cover ones head is still a sign of disrespect all over the world in sphares of virtue people but it is still a thing that touches more the male side. Such things as a hat have differing meanings (actually mostly a sign to lift one self) to something that is a cover to cause no shame.
Among monks of "old school" it is still usuall to cover the lower part of the face with parts of the robe while speaking with somebody for example.
The rules not to teach somebody Dhamma if wearing a hat/turban or having covered the head (face?) has to do with the need of lowering one self before being able to get the Dhamma not as an additional weapon and should saveguard the respect regarding Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha. One might also see clearly to whom one is teaching.
Approaching a Bhikkhu and cover what ever can cause shame seems to me rather an very wholesome and respectful act. Cover on self in public to cause no shame is how ever a virtuose act, even today the tendency is very contrary.
How ever, enforced vitures are not conducive as well as inspirations of letting go of cultural heritage and virtue, especial if one is not aware of common defilments of "different" people.