Ever see someone with dreadlocks, and think to yourself I wonder when people started doing that? Your next thought might be I wonder what it smells like?
There has been a lot of talk of who’s culture is who’s and who has the right to appropriate what? Here is a great example of what I’m talking about (below)
So who is right? Here are some things to consider,
Left to its own devices, hair will naturally knot together and form mat or “dreadlocks”.
When people see or hear of dreadlocks they think of Reggae and or African descent. In actuality, dreadlocks are a universal phenomenon in the east as well as in the west.
Anthropologists have discovered mummies with their hair still intact with locks. The origin of dreadlocks go back much further to at least 2500 BC. In the West, the Nazarite are most widely known for developing dreadlocks and in the East, Yogis, Gyanis and Tapasvis of all sects are the most famous bearers of dreadlocks.
Spiritualists of all faiths and backgrounds incorporate into their paths a disregard for physical appearances and vanity. And so, throughout the world, such seekers often cease to comb, cut, or otherwise dress their hair: This is how “dreadlocks” were born.
At the turn of the Twentieth Century, a socio-religious movement started in Harlem, NY by Marcus Garvey found an enthusiastic following amongst the Black population of Jamaica. This eclectic group drew their influences from three primary sources (1) the Old and New Testaments, (2) African tribal culture, and (3) The Hindu culture that had recently become a pervasive cultural force in the West Indies.
So I ask; who is infringing on this so-called culture?
How ridiculous can this get? If I’m not Scottish, I shouldn’t or can’t wear a kilt? What about tattoos? The oldest discovery of tattooed human skin to date is found on the body of Iceman, dating from between 3370 and 3100 BC.
And how about the Pledge of Allegiance? As a child I stood in a classroom with my classmates and teacher, we proudly placed our right hand over our heart and recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Why has that right been taken away from my children and grandchildren? This was a ritual that instilled respect, honor, pride for our country and God for those who believe.
Why was the right to stand together as one taken away?
If you don’t believe in God then thats your choice. If you don’t want to recite the Pledge of Allegiance then step out of the room for 30 seconds, but don’t take my rights away. If you want to have dreadlocks or wear a kilt, color your hair blue or tattoo your entire body that’s your choice.
If you are not breaking the law or bringing harm to other people then the choices you make should be your our own.
It’s time for people to start minding their own business and respect the diversity of the human race. So many people waste their time and energy worrying and trying to control others. Giving rights to some and taking the rights of others away.