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Monday, July 6, 2009

Flying with Dreadlocks, part 1

Since locking my hair, I have been very interested where that style originated. I found an article by Andrew Power.


History of Dreadlocks


The roots of dreadlocks can be trailed to the Rastafarians of Jamaica, and further, to Indian sages and yogis, but they have never been more popular or widespread than they are today. It is said that dreadlocks originated with these eastern holy men. Possessing nothing, renouncing the world and possessions (not even a comb) they eschewed even personal grooming, hence the inevitable dreadlocks. Dreadlocks get their name from Jamaican tradition. Those with 'natty' locks in their hair were to be dreaded, or feared. When slavery was abolished in the US, it was no longer legal to enslave African Americans. But good ol' America found a loop hole, no one said anything about not enslaving native peoples of India.

So, over they went and began capturing and enslaving people from India and the surrounding areas. (Find that in a history text book!) Hindu yogis and holy men, along with their dreadlocks, escaped to the Caribbean Islands, and began appearing in places like Jamaica, where their knotty hairstyle and religious piety were noted and followed by the burgeoning Rastafarians and holy men of the islands.

Dreadlocks have their roots (again, no pun intended) in spiritual circles. The Hindu holy men of the east, Rastafarians, which are essentially Judeo-Christians of the Caribbean Islands wore dreads as part of their religious lifestyle. Dreads themselves for the eastern yogis were nothing special, but the Rastas almost deified their locks, considering the hair to be holy and powerful. Dreadlocks became a religious priority.

Fast forward a couple decades, and things have changed, but dreadlocks remain prevalent. You have people like Mike Borden, drummer for killer awesome rawk band Faith No More, with phat knotty dreads all the way down to his drum stool. Bands like Korn, Bad Brains, Incubus (Brandon used to have locks), Finger Eleven, POD and many more do, or used to, sport dreadlocks, which come in very handy while rocking out. Nowadays, it is about as standard to have a dreadlocked member of the band as it is to have a DJ in the group.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ys that is what they always do take we blackness and use it as their own. First off ys these "holymen" from India might have had so called "locs". But ours originated in Africa. If u go down in history The "Masei" tribesmen and women wear locs. So don't let it seem like we copied the the Indian man from India. As a black person it is coming from down in my culture fom Mama Africa.

Anonymous said...

Ys that is what they always do take we blackness and use it as their own. First off ys these "holymen" from India might have had so called "locs". But ours originated in Africa. If u go down in history The "Masei" tribesmen and women wear locs. So don't let it seem like we copied the the Indian man from India. As a black person it is coming from down in my culture fom Mama Africa.

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