Young Christian women posing as veiled women, shoutout on TikTok

They call themselves @xoxo.nguyen16, @dieu.est.avec.moi or even jesus_nousaimes, and sometimes their TikTok videos get millions of views. These few nicknames are the tree that hides the forest of hundreds of teenage girls or very young Christian women to promote wearing hijab on this social network to broadcast short videos that anger those under 25 years old.

This phenomenon is recent – no videos have been seen Cross It dates back over four months – but its numerical scale doesn’t seem insignificant. How do those involved justify this practice? Some of these “tiktokers” refer to Saint Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians (chapter 11, verse 5): “Any woman who prays or prophesies without covering her head shames her head: it is as if she is shaven.”

Wearing the hijab “very elegant”

Helena, 22 years old, said, Cross which was “atheist” Another two months ago. following for “Personal Issues”, resorted to prayer and even began the profession of a schoolgirl. An approach confirmed by his parish located in Hauts-de-France. Her veil, which was worn daily, was described by the parish leader as “Sober and beautiful as a virgin”. He does not seem to have unduly surprised the faithful in this church.

Héléna justifies her choice by wishing for it “To reconnect to Hispanic origins (for an individual)”, by restoring the tradition of a woman’s veil with a mantilla in the liturgy. As you can see in her veil “A New Beginning, Self-Protection, Strengthening in Faith”. Without denying that she finds him “Very stylish”

Liana, 14, explains that she wants to imitate a Virgo and feel Closer to God “. She specifies that she only wears her light veil in church, “At liturgy or prayer”, Even if he goes out with her from time to time on the street.

On TikTok, these teenage girls are sharing tips, splurge“Christ’s love”, they explain how to tie the veil – which evokes the white dress of the Carmelites – while dancing to the latest music. These “influencers” are not destined to take orders. The hijab is also one of the only signs of external religiosity that they wear, and is sometimes accompanied by piercings, tattoos, original hair dyes, and generous make-up.

How do we understand this new trend? Does the teenager focus on appearance or a sign of true religiosity? Sociologist Isabel Junvo (1), who specializes in online religions, suggests that this phenomenon may be part of a desire already noted among young believers: to reconnect with stricter faith practices, Finding concrete forms of asceticism.

“May Allah make it easy for us”

“Since Vatican II, everything related to bodily practices – such as fasting – has lost a lot of speed, Academic notes. There is a lack of restrictions in Catholicism which is filled with practices that sometimes come from other religious traditions,” Like Muslim women wearing the hijab.

In one of jesus_nousaimes’ videos, as on at least one other account, the phrase “May Allah make it easy for us”a form common in the Islamic tradition but unknown in the Christian lexicon.

This trend also indicates the influence of evangelical Protestantism. The Heads Covering Movement of North America has been promoting the headscarf for Christian women since 2014. Evangelism specialist Sebastian Fateh sees it not as a new phenomenon, but as a new one. “The up-to-date survival of majority practices in many American Protestant circles until the 1950s and was more recently preserved in Pentecostal circles. “.

Far from being confined to the evangelical galaxy, veiled tiktoks reveal somewhat ecumenical affiliations. @mny.emmx – His video “What I’ve Hear Since I Put on the Hijab (Christian)” Posted on April 25 and seen by nearly 900,000 people – talking about it “pastor”. The @dieu.est.avec.moi account, which has reached 1.5 million views with one of its versions, shows an Orthodox cross. And others are Catholic, such as Helena and Liana.

Sectarian pluralism, blurring the borders

This confessional pluralism is not a surprise to the researcher, Isabel Junvo. According to her, the Internet It encourages the consumption of Christian content which will be done in a somewhat undifferentiated manner. Internet users listen to and watch everything in an ecumenical form.”

“Overall, since the 1970s and 1980s, we have seen in the individual practices of Christian believers a lot of blurring of boundaries between what comes from their own traditions and what comes from outside influences, particularly eastern religions like Buddhism. The internet helps amplify a phenomenon that already existed before.”Decoding the sociologist’s code.

Can these practices be established over time? It’s hard to tell, but it’s important to put the visual orientation scale in perspective, particularly in the digital realm. Essentially, this phenomenon could be part of a dynamic well known to researchers: the liberalization of religion in modern societies, which goes hand in hand with the development of eclectic beliefs.

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