The sacrifice, the victim, who was often kept in captivity for long periods, was devoted by the cutting of his hair, previously unshorn, and his sanctity was increased later by various ceremonies of anointing.
From the head of a dying person Proserpine was supposed to cut a lock of hair which had been kept sacred and unshorn through life.
The lock so cut may have been that which was kept sacred to the gods and unshorn (Etym.
The characteristic marks of a Nazarite were unshorn locks and abstinence from wine (Judges xiii.
In the cases of Samuel and Samson the unshorn locks are a mark of consecration to God (Judges xiii.