The practice has been prominent in different forms in Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
The practice of veiling is especially associated with women and sacred objects, though in some cultures it is men rather than women who are expected to wear a veil.
Besides its enduring religious significance, veiling continues to play a role in some modern secular contexts, such as wedding customs. E, prior to Christianity, respectable women in classical Greek society were expected to seclude themselves and wear clothing that concealed them from the eyes of strange men.
The veiling of matrons was also customary in ancient Greece. Classical Greek and Hellenistic statues sometimes depict Greek women with both their head and face covered by a veil.
Caroline Galt and Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones have both argued from such representations and literary references that it was commonplace for women (at least those of higher status) in ancient Greece to cover their hair and face in public.