Man who has not cut his hair for 80 years now has five-yard dreadlocks

I dread having my dreads cut! Vietnamese 92-year-old who has not cut his hair for 80 years now has five-yard dreadlocks because he believes he’ll DIE if he chops his locks

  • Nguyen Van Chien, from southern Mekong Delta region, Vietnam, follows near-obsolete faith known as ‘Dua’
  • Followers believe that everything a person is born with must remain untouched throughout their lives
  • And Chien thinks that it was his calling to grow his hair which he bundles up under an orange turban 

A 92-year-old who has not cut his hair for 80 years now has dreadlocks five yards long because he believes he will die if he chops his locks.

Nguyen Van Chien, from the southern Mekong Delta region, Vietnam, follows a faith that prescribes to leaving everything that a person is born with untouched.   

‘I believe if I cut my hair I will die. I dare not to change anything, not even combing it,’ Chien said speaking from his village about 50 miles (80km) west of Ho Chi Minh City.

‘I only nurture it, cover it in a scarf to keep it dry and clean and looking nice.’

Nguyen Van Chien, from the southern Mekong Delta region, Vietnam, has dreadlocks five yards long (pictured) after not cutting his hair for 80 years 

Chien, who follows a near-obsolete faith known as ‘Dua’, believes it was his calling to grow his hair and believes he will die if he chops his locks (pictured)

Chien’s fifth son, Luom, helps him to manage his locks (pictured together) and he too believes in the connection between hair and mortality, having seen a man pass away after trying to re-attach his hair with string

Chien, who worships nine powers and seven gods, believes it was his calling to grow his hair, which he bundles up under an orange turban.

He was required to trim it when at school but left after third grade and decided never to cut, comb or wash it again.

‘I remembered my hair was black, thick and strong. I combed it, untangled it to make it smooth. But when I heard the calling from the divine power, I knew immediately that I was chosen,’ he said.

Chien (pictured holding his lengthy locks) follows a faith that prescribes to leaving everything that a person is born with untouched

Chien (pictured), speaking from his village about 80km west of Ho Chi Minh City, said: ‘I only nurture it, cover it in a scarf to keep it dry and clean and looking nice’


The 92-year-old manages his dreadlocks by bundling them under an orange turban in order for them not to interfere with his day-to-day living

Chien (pictured) said that after leaving school he decided never to cut, comb or wash his hair again and now, when unravelled, it measures around five yards

‘I touched my hair and overnight it has became really hard. It has attached to my head and became a thing of its own.’

Chien follows a near-obsolete faith known as ‘Dua,’ the coconut religion, named after its founder who claimed he survived only on coconuts to retain his vitality. 

Dua is banned in Vietnam and categorized as a false belief.

Nguyen Van Chien, from the southern Mekong Delta region, Vietnam, follows a faith that prescribes to leaving everything that a person is born with untouched

Nguyen Van Luom holds the hair of his father Nguyen Van Chien, 92, who has 5-meter long hair which has not been cut for decades

Chien follows a near-obsolete faith known as ‘Dua,’ the coconut religion, named after its founder who claimed he survived only on coconuts to retain his vitality

Chien’s fifth son, Luom, helps him to manage his giant locks.

He too believes in the connection between hair and mortality, having seen a man pass away after trying to re-attach his hair with string.

The 62-year-old said: ‘These things look simple but they are sacred.’

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