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A Brief History of Dreads

By Shannon Roman, 2013-04-19

I saw on here the other day that someone was asking about the spiritual history connected to dreadlocks, as he was receiving pressure from his church to cut them off, I couldn't find that post today, so I figured I'd just add my response here.

This is an excerpt from the book: An Uncommon History of Common Things: by Bethanne Patrick and John Thompson

"Definition of Dreadlocks:
Symbol of the Rastafarian movement. Bearer of braided and matted locks (hair). Lived in dread, or fear, of God.

The term dreadlocks entered the English language in the 1950s with the rise of the Rastafarian movement among Jamaicas poor blacks. One precept of the movement was a prohibition on cutting the hair. The long hair was then matted or braided into ropelike strands or coils. The wearer of such locks lived in dread or fear of god (Jah), hence the term dreadlocks developed for the hairstyle. But the hairstyle itself was in vogue for centuries before the word dreadlocks was coined.

The Rastafarian vow of uncut hair may have been taken from the book of Numbers (6:5), the fourth book of the Bible: All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come upon his head: until the days be fulfilled he shall be holy and shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow. Author Timothy White, in a biography of Rastafarian singer-songwriter Bob Marley, contends that the directive came from Leviticus 21:25: They shall not make baldness on their head

The tradition of the hair linking the wearer to the divinity and divine powers occurs in early Hindu legend. The god Shiva and his followers are often depicted with long, twisted locks of hair. In one legend Shiva gathered up the Ganges in his hair to keep it from flooding the Earth. Similarly, many ascetic and mystic groups within larger religions have advocated the wearing of long, braided hair, among them the Sufi and dervishes of Islam, the sadhus of Hinduism, Christian Coptic monks, and Jewish Nazarites (including Samson). In Central America before the 16th-century Spanish conquest, Aztec priests wore long, matted locks of hair. And in Australia, mummified Aborigines with long locks have been unearthed."

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By Sunshinelove, 2013-04-18

Finished them about 3 days ago :) Im a very proud mama to 1 little boy and about 47 fresh dreadlocks <3 Not gonna lie, they are going to take a little getting use to, but I already love them! They are a mess of loose hairs and just complete chaos but thats what I was going for :). I think they are looking pretty good!544802_435224256569952_417543395_n.jpg

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3 Weeks in. And I am just beginning to realize that its all about patience.

By Jimmy DC, 2013-04-16

So today is my third week of my long journey of natural dreads and well, reading a lot and thinking a lot, and just having conversations with friends(notspecificallyabout dreads, but life, faith, religion, spirituality). I finally realized that my dreads will just happen and that time really isrelativeand we all just need to be ourselves and live for what we believe is right. As a Christian I believe my purpose in earth is to glorify God and I want to achieve that through changing the world and making it a better place, and my slowly growing dreads will be part of my journey. We, humans, were made for worship and its something that is inside us all and I read about it today in a book, which i would recommend to anybody, the Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler. Even though the book is made for Christians who want to keep growing, there are many points that I believe not only Christians would agree on but anybody. Right now I'm just blurting out my mind and I hope everybody feels what I'm saying and maybe it could brighten up somebody's day because I feel and believe that Jesus Christ is with me and that he is there for anybody who accepts him and that even in the toughest of times he is there with you and I. Even if we have discouragement or doubt in our life that discouragement or doubt were made by our own choice and that we can as well choose to keep believing in our faith instead of doubting or choosing joy instead of feeling discouraged. Life is good. I actually just wanted to say that I got a job interview at Subway which is literally in front of where I live and I was worried about my head bcuz its starting to look a bit messy, but the manager likes me and my friends because we go to Subway at least once a week. So yeah hopefully I'll get that job which will help me be able to afford college and that I'll keep strong on my journey and faith, and that even in the worst of moments it will always be better at the end of times. So just wanted to share with you guys, I would really appreciate prayers and just good vibes and I'll try to get photo timeline of my hair. I'll post the first pictures when I hit three months. Peace to all of you.

Really random question for anybody that reads this. I was thinking about mixing some of the lockin up liquids shampoo with some baking soda method wash, just to get a little of that baking soda in there. So my question would be is that gonna be a bad mix or should that be alright?

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By Jordan, 2013-04-16
So I've recently started to embark on this dread journey. I have stopped brushing my hair and was wondering how often I should wash?? And what's the best way to wash when I have to?? Any thing will help thanks
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my dreads thus far!

By Kato, 2013-04-16
hello all fellow dreds out there, just wanted to say hey and share some thoughts.time has been flying and my dreads have changed so much yet seemingly grown so little in length. i am loving them more everyday and cant believe its been 17 months.apart from the usual awesomeness of not having to visit the hairdressers or think of what to do with my hair each day, my dreads are forever doin their own thing and just being, and i love that!.my lovlies are getin quite tightly knotted yet somehow i think thier gunner shrink just a little more yet, some ends have blunt all on their own and some are still wispy.i still have the same routine for washing bi carb and acv and use lavender and rosemary essential oils. i have however been using a little bit of coconut oil on my scalp once a fortnight to keep my dry scalp action at bay, that seems to be working out, "Horay for no dandruff".so thats my news so far,peace to allxo
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not sure whats going on

By Geno, 2013-04-16

i keep getting these loose butterfly wing looking hairs pulling out of my dreads. should i be worried?

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Changing Old Habits

By JavaLizard, 2013-04-16

So I noticed this week, which is finishing the fifth week of dreading, that one side of my head just doesn't look right. The rest of my head appears to be dreadding quite well, but then there is that right side. Turns out I do not sleep on my right side much at all.

So how do you change your sleep habits to help dreading? I don't mind waking up to bed dread, but this past week one side just appears to be getting limp and gimpy.

Anyone else experience this, what things have you done to try to change perhaps another habit that has encouraged and discouraged dreading?

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Washing with Dr. Bronners Peppermint Stinky Hair

By Blue Rayne, 2013-04-15

This soap seems to be making my hair greasy and stinky. Also my backcombed dreads are on day 6 of their life and today they started coming loose HELP!

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Buy the Ticket - take the ride

By Blue Rayne, 2013-04-14

So my dreads are 4 days old and I am embracing this. So excited to see where this will take me.

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Just a few more left :)

By Sunshinelove, 2013-04-14

Im almost done dreading my hair :) its been about 2 weeks now since I started, Ive been easing my way into it and I have maybe 6-7 dreads left to do!! my hair is a wild crazy mess of randomness and I need to tweak it a bit and fix up some loose hairs and such but Im almost there!! :D

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