Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
I have read somewhere that the poster here Gebre Menfes Kiddus, wears a head covering. Is this his personal thing, or is it a Tewado thing? Please feel free to chime in our Ethiopian brothers.
Men were prayer shawls, but generally keep our heads uncovered. From my experience, Ethiopians aren't necessarily that strict about men wearing head coverings inside the Church, such as beanies when it is cold, and sometimes more elderly men do not take off their ball-caps, though I am sure it is not necessarily intentional. We keep our feet uncovered though, strictly. I bridge both gaps. When I had dreads, I didn't cover my head during Liturgy, and folks were a bit distant from me. Then one day my priest asked me to wear a head covering (the tams I usually wore 24/7 every else except Liturgy the way Bobo Dread always were turban, it was sin to let my locks be visible to outsiders) out of politeness, and suddenly BAM, people were going out of their way to meet me and say hello. The head covering made a world of difference for people's comfort zone. I assume the head covering which bro Gebre Menfes Kiddus mentioned is the same situation, to cover dreads..
My priests even asked me to keep it on when approaching the Altar for Holy Communion, and advised the other dreadlocks member ship to do the same citing my adherence as an example. Of course it is reversed since I cut my dread, on the other side of the coin, once by coincidence my hands were full and I had to put on my ball cap to hold my plate and coffee at breakfast hour, and the clergy passed by, we revere the clergy and stand up when they pass by, and 99% I take of my cap and tip it to them, but in this case my hands were full of hot food and coffee so I couldn't, and still my priest made a note to come ask me to remove my cap. So I assume the head covering rules are flexible to the circumstance. When the head covering was hiding dreadlocks, it was the polite and appropriate thing to do, just as if it is really cold inside a beanie is no thing, but the ball cap was a bit disrespectful. Of course, while I always (internally, I didn't need to priest to tell me about it, my gramps already taught me about reverent ettiquete since I was small, holding open doors, giving up your seat, taking of your hat for elders and women etc etc) take of my cap for the clergy (I tend to eat lunch with them on Sundays since I work with the Sunday school) I often see a lot of older men NOT take of their cap for the clergy, and the clergy don't even seem to notice. In that regard, then I personally interpreted the double-standard as being spiritual, the priest who corrected me knew spiritually that I always take off my cap, whereas when they allow others that is because those folks maybe do not follow the same ettiquette. As Apostle James said
Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.