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The church maintains no formal policy on facial hair for its general membership.
Eastern Christianity[ edit ] In Eastern Christianitymembers of the priesthood and monastics often wear beards, and religious authorities at times have recommended or required beards for all male believers.
In the United States, meanwhile, popular movies portrayed heroes with clean-shaven faces and " crew cuts ".
In the beginning of the 17th century, the size of beards decreased in urban circles of Western Europe.
Emperor Meiji of Japan wore a full beard and moustache during most of his reign.
In Norse mythologyThor the god of thunder is portrayed wearing a red beard.
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