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?

Tags: Christian, Pre-Christian, fashion, religion

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In your friend's case it wad DEADlocks.
Ironically, dreds are a high maintenance look... if you want them to be nice.

Some use beeswax to seal the locks and actually braid their hair in a continuous knot pattern... which is like crossing the Rubicon b/c you have to shave your head to get rid of them.

As far as decision, some for religious reasons others for style, but probably after they realize they aren't trying to get a job for Meril or AIG.... since it is considered religious I don't know how employee handbooks cover the subject.
not bad, I have a habit of cutting my hair when under stress (a non-violent form of the other "cutting" y'all might hear people doing) so I have done quite a number on my look for the sake of "evening it out"

I had been tempted to bring a new look into our culture with random 'bald spots' sorta like a leopard (but using clippers), but my mom would probably resort to physical abuse if she saw me like that.... I remember when she ripped my nose piercing out... painful!

are you a hippie Earl?
Earl meet Mooncookie.....Mooncookie meet Earl.
This has the making for some darn good reading.
This is beginning to sound like a country song. I met a little gal named Mooncookie. Got no butt in her jeans but she's quite a lookie.
Who has the next verse?
She spends a lot time reading her bookies.
Hates the government because there a bunch of crookies.
Pretty good rhymes cause I ain't no rookie.
Been a long time since I had some ( ). I could do it but I won't
been a long time since you played hookie.
That's what I was gonna say thank you.
My song has taken a turn for the worse!
Are you saying my songs aren't as thought provoking as Earl's.
I spent a lot of time and energy thinking up those ryhmes.
It took ten seconds. Yeah, it has taken a turn for the worse.
Not in the least. I could tell that you spent countless nana-seconds with each word!
I hung onto every word that you typed. I was so disappointed when it ended so abruptly!
like any good entertainer I hate to disappointmy fans. If you start screaming Free Bird and start flicking your Bic I might come back on stage for one more song.


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