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Wedding Hats, Part 1

Lily Ladewig

In ancient Rome a bride twisted her hair
into a giant spike to protect against demons.
The early Christians' veil was so big
it enveloped both the bride and groom.
With her white wedding kimono, the Japanese
bride wears a tsunokakushi, covering
her unclean hair and the invisible horns
of jealousy, ego, and selfishness. There are things
one must hide from the groom and his family.

Lily Ladewig

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