A beard is an unshaven hair that grows on the chin, upper lip, cheeks and neck of humans and some non-human animals. In humans, usually, only pubescent or adult males are able to grow beards. 

Some religions (such as Islam, Traditional Christianity, Orthodox Judaism, and Sikhism) have considered a full beard to be absolutely essential for all evils capable of growing one and mandate it as part of their official dogma. Other cultures, even while not officially mandating it, view a beard as central to a man's virility, exemplifying such virtues as wisdom, strength, sexual prowess, and high social status.

In cultures where facial hair is uncommon (or currently out of fashion), beards may be associated with poor hygiene or uncivilized, dangerous demeanor. In countries with colder climates, beards help protect the wearer's face from the elements. The ancient Hindu texts regarding beards depend on the Deva and other teachings, varying according to whom the devotee worships or follows.

Many Sadhus, Yogis, or Yoga practitioners keep beards and represent all situations of life. Shaivite ascetics generally have beards, as they are not allowed to own anything, which would include a razor. The beard is also a sign of a nomadic and ascetic lifestyle.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beard

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