Some of the earliest depictions of dreadlocks date back as far as 1500 BCE in the Minoan Civilization, one of Europes earliest civilizations, centred in Crete (now part of Greece).
What cultures wore dreadlocks?
Vikings, Aztecs, and Germanic tribes were also known to wear dreadlocks.
Did dreadlocks originate in Africa?
In ancient Greece for example, some of the earliest depictions of dreads date back to 3600 BC. The Aborigines and native populations of New Guinea have been sporting the style for centuries now, and dreads are also been worn around Africa, notably by the Maasai, the Ashanti, the Galla, and the Fulani tribes.
Did Vikings invent dreadlocks?
So did the Vikings invent dreadlocks? No. According to Roman records, the Celtic people, Germanic tribes, and the Vikings wore their hair in rope-like strands. Even early Christians were believed to have worn their hair in dreadlocks as a tribute to Samson, who had seven locks of hair.
Who named dreadlocks?
According to Tharps, “the modern understanding of dreadlocks is that the British, who were fighting Kenyan warriors (during colonialism in the late 19th century), came across the warriors locs and found them dreadful, thus coining the term dreadlocks.
What is the point of dreadlocks?
Today, Dreadlocks signify spiritual intent, natural and supernatural powers, and are a statement of non-violent non-conformity, communalism and socialistic values, and solidarity with less fortunate or oppressed minorities.
Why do Rasta wear dreadlocks?
Rastafari movement dreadlocks are symbolic of the Lion of Judah which is sometimes centered on the Ethiopian flag. Rastafari hold that Haile Selassie is a direct descendant of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, through their son Menelik I. Their dreadlocks were inspired by the Nazarites of the Bible.