From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
One view is that as a religious item, it is intended to show honor to an object or space. The actual sociocultural, psychological, and sociosexual functions of veils have not been studied extensively but most likely include the maintenance of social distance and the communication of social status and cultural identity.
- Via the "covering" meaning, from (Indo-European root) *wel- = "to cover, to enclose".
- Via the "sail" meaning, from Indo-European *weghslom, from root *wegh- = "way" or "carry in a vehicle", because it makes the ship move.
- Veronica's veil
- Veiled marble
- Dance of the Seven Veils
- Veil of ignorance
- The wearing of veils by Muslim women has raised political issues in the West in the 2000s