What about the Practice of Tonsure for Buddhist Monks

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According to Buddhist regulations, a shaved head, dyed garments, and ordination are the prerequisites for gaining the monkhood. The purpose of the tonsure and dyeing of garments is to signify giving up beautification and leading a frugal and austere life. The monks generally do not wear beards, except some monks in China who shave their beards upon ordination, but believe that beards can be kept afterwards. No monks in the southern countries grow beards. Regarding burning dot-scars on the top of head at the time of ordination, the monastics of other nationalities do not have such regulations. It is only the Han monks who do. This tradition may be related with Brahmajala Sutta-Bodhisatta Sila which mentions burning one’s own body (or parts of body) in dedication to the Buddha. In the Tang Dynasty there was already a custom of scarring the top of the head with moxa cone. This was said to have become common practice during the Yuan Dynasty, when the Yuan rulers tried to distinguish the false monastics from the genuine ones in an attempt to prevent the law-breaking people from fleeing into the Sangha. This explanation remains to be verified. (From Essentials of Buddhism: Questions and Answers)