The dreadlock

An Indian monk was slowly moving through the roads and people were looking at him with surprised interest. The dress, the attire, the posture were all alien to people of the western world but what attracted their attention most was the matted ropes of hair on the head of the monk. That is exactly what we call the dreadlock, hair on the head allowed to grow without cutting, combing or brushing to take the shape of matted ropes.


One of the universal phenomenons that have survived the onslaught of time, dreadlock has its origin rooted in the ancient Vedic Hindu culture. In the Hindu mythologies it is described that Lord Shiva took the force off the holy river Ganges coming to the earth on his dreadlock and thus saved the earth from destruction. Historically too the earliest evidence of dreadlock is found around 2500 years BC and have been mostly the favorite hair style of sages and monks.

The immediate impact

Hinduism had its influence on Buddhism, Jainism and even the Greek and Roman cultures of the past. In the Roman Celtic culture dreadlock was referred to as hair knotted like snakes. MADUSA? The royal families in ancient Egypt not only adopted the dreadlock but also used dreadlocked wigs as archeological discoveries have revealed.

Other cultures

Dreadlock was used not only in Egypt, Rome, and Greece but Germany, Mexico, Far East, Africa and several other countries. In Germany the Vikings, in Far East the Naga tribe, the Bishops of Jerusalem, Aztecs of Mexico were all well attached with Dreadlocks. Dreadlock was one of the most popular hair styles in these countries during the 14-16th century AD and they were also found with the Sufi Order in Senegal.

The modern era

During 1950s in Jamaica the people followers of “Young Black Faith” took heavily the style of dreadlocks following the cue of poor people there who had been using dreadlocks since the 1930s. It is also said that when Hindu and Naga saints started visiting Jamaica in pursuit of jobs in the 19th century, the dreadlock culture came up with them to Jamaica. A few others trace the origin to the Mau Mau rebels who were fighting against the British colonialism of the time.

Why dreadlocks?

Dreadlocks have been used by people coming from different cultural backgrounds with different reasons. Sometimes it is due to their religious and spiritual convictions like it is sacred among Hindu saints and monks and at other time social and political environments like used by the Mau Mau rebels. To avert the derogatory use of the term a new term has come up to replace the term “dreadlock” and it is often referred to as “African Locks”, the aim being to remove the feature of dreading from the terminology.

The importance of dreadlocks in Eastern countries

Dreadlocks are considered sacred by the Indian religious preachers since it has its origin with the holy Lord Shiva. In China too noblemen and ascetics used dreadlocks combined with long fingernails denouncing all earthly attachments. In some other Asian and African countries the dreadlock refers to the fear of the almighty.

Dreadlocks and the western world today

When the reggae music made a big stride during the 1980s, the dreadlocks used by the world famous singer and lyrist Bob Marley caught the imagination of the audience world over and there was a rush to wear dreadlocks. This became most popular among the African-Americanized people but white people did not remain far behind. Especially the people who raise their voice for anti-globalization, and the activists who support the cause of environment-protection find dreadlocks to their choice, a symbol of registering their protest against the possible evils of globalization and environmental pollution.

It is fear of the employee policy, that have caused many to shorn their "fear of God" hairstyle.... what is your take?

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Are you calling us a bunch of biddies?
No mam, ya'll are a lot smarter than biddies.
Interesting to know there is still a doublestandard that favors women.

But I'm sure you could say something about "Mr. Tangerine Speedo"
here are some of the lyrics, will try to find you a pic....

the talk of the town
mr tangerine speedo
how you get around
in your tangering la la la la la la la la
little latin lovlies
little lovlies drinking gin and mellow yellows
in my bungalo
loving me
tangerine la la la la la la la la
all the french girls go "zout a lor no no"
no, no zout a lor no no
coming at the target
you're as straight as magellian
if you got a secret weapon
well you sure as hell ain't telling
cause your mouths made an offer
that the body cannot veto
no woman can resist a man that looks good in a speedo

give me a towel
mr. tangerine speedo
you're all over town
tangerine la la la la la la la la
talk of the town
mr. tangerine speedo
how you get around
in your tangertine la la la la la la la la
That was very nice but you were just a tad off key!
Yeah, the song was rather popular for a flash and then dissappeared.... I remember thinking "is this really a song?"
Another one shot wonder. The story of my long and boring life!!!

In the song, Michael Stipe sings the lines "That's me in the corner/That's me in the spotlight/Losing my religion". The phrase "losing my religion" is an expression from the southern region of the United States that means losing one's temper or civility, or "being at the end of one's rope." Stipe told The New York Times the song was about romantic expression.[5] He told Q that "Losing My Religion" is about "someone who pines for someone else. It's unrequited love, what have you."[6] Stipe compared the song's theme to "Every Breath You Take" by The Police, saying, "It's just a classic obsession pop song. I've always felt the best kinds of songs are the ones where anybody can listen to it, put themselves in it and say, 'Yeah, that's me.'"[7]
I could not agree with you more. College is precisely the time to experiment with one's hair because it is 4 to 5 years of time to regrow it once you have 'expressed yourself' before trying to get that J O B.

the dred is a symbolic style much like the mohawk and beehive.... I went through a sideshow bob phase with my hair (back when it was a curly 'Jew-fro' and dyed it periwinkle blue, chopped it in a short bob where it stuck straight out.... The Simpsons, so inspiring in the late nineties!
I can't believe that you would ask KB about men's clothes before me.
After all I have to wear a suit to work everyday.
In Texas, we have that long sleeves with shorts and flip-flops look that has spread to the greater midwest regions (although seasonal).

I hear kilts are the hot new thing for men's fashion this fall... are you brave enough to sport a kilt with your suit jacket?
When my husband & I were planning our wedding several years back, I tried to talk him into doing the kilt thing because I badly wanted a Gaelic theme wedding, since he's of Scottish blood & I'm of Irish blood. Didn't work, though. He absolutely wouldn't do it for anything! :-) No skirt for him, he said. Guess I can understand that. We still talk & laugh about that. I'm gonna work on him for renewing our vows. Probably won't work, but I've gotta try anyway! :-)
It's coming to a mall near you!

They have them in denim and traditional Clan Tartans!

Encourage him by complementing his sexy legs, and tell him he shouldn't hide them!


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