The famous raskolniki Schismatics had a similar superstition about the beard.
Also, if you will allow me, your Highness, I will go and have a talk with the raskolniki.
The famous raskolniki schismatics had a similar superstition to the Mahometan one mentioned above.
"dissenter from the Russian Church, an Old Believer," 1723, from Russian Raskolnik "separatist," from raskol "schism, separation." The schism was a result of reforms by Patriarch Nikon in 1667.