Excellent blog on clothing Geas that also does a really good job of explaining what a geas is.
Absolutely worth the read; I have experienced a few geas – one that seems to be pretty much life long, my shortest one has been a 6 month request, and I have had others of varying lengths of time.
My experience is that they are a prohibition (something not to do or wear) or a directive (something to do or wear), and I regard them as a devotional act.
Samson and Delilah, 1609-10, Peter Paul Rubens in London’s National Gallery In my religious practice I have found that as people’s religious practice deepens, sometimes are assigned certain taboos or geas. Geas is an Irish word that is most encountered in Irish religious texts. It essentially refers to a religious directive or prohibition, a violation […]The Sacrality of clothing, Fabric Taboos, and how to wear them