But did you know that the umbrella was originally used to protect people from the SUN. People have been using umbrellas for thousands of years to protect them from the sun and its heat and only a few hundred years for rain protection. Although in Ancient Greece it is said that umbrellas were first used by women in the 5th century BC and men did not use them as they were not considered to be manly enough, in other places, culture and time, the umbrella has been a symbol of power in men. Ancient Egyptians believed the sky was the underbelly of a god that looked like a giant umbrella. This was why Pharaohs and other notable people were often seen under the shade of an umbrella. In the 1400s sailors from Portugal that were destined for the East Indies carried an umbrella over their captain's head when they landed on a new island. Why? To show his authority. On the other hand, some British soldiers took umbrellas with them into the battles of the Napoleonic wars in the early 1800s until the British military decided that they were not a fitting image for fighting soldiers. Now, many men refuse to use the umbrella under the sun.
But that may be changing. Last year, Reuters reports that Japanese men have embraced the parasol to efforts to stay cool, collected, and not sweaty—the result of power conservation efforts post-Fukushima, hotter-than-usual summers, and sheer practicality.
The Takashimaya department store chain claimed, “There's been a spike in demand for men's sun umbrellas of about about three times since the previous summer. Most of them buy it for business when they have to step outside of the office to go to a meeting. They feel that it's rude to show up to work or a meeting all sweaty and worn out from the heat.”
And this year, a new study by Dermatologists at Emory University in Atlanta says the umbrella could help shield skin from ultraviolet (UV) rays. The researchers found that any fully-functioning handheld umbrella can block more than three-quarters of UV light on a sunny day. Choose black umbrellas especially because, they seem to do the job well, by blocking at least 90 percent of rays.
The scorching heat the Philippines is experiencing at the height of the dry season, a practical advice for men is to use the umbrella. Now guys, would you dare use one for your health?
---Photo grabbed from the Internet.