Did Jesus (Yah'shuah) have dreadlocks?
Today, many who have dreadlocks as a casual hairstyle know very little about the origins of dreadlocks.
The origin of dreadlock comes from the times of Moses when there was a tribe called the Nazarenes (read in the Bible: Numbers: chapter 6) who wore dreadlocks, as did Samson as a sign of their covenant to the almighty God.
Jesus was a Nazarite: a vow of Nazarenes was to never cut his hair but "let the locks of the hair of his head grow." (Nm. 6:2,5, Lv. 19:27; 21:5) The word Nazarite is from nazar, meaning unshorn. Woolly nappy hair if simply washed & dried but never combed or brushed, will naturally entwine into long locks as it grows .
Upon accepting the Nazerite Vow, one becomes a Nazarene and is separated from the "world" but lives closer to God. The vow consists of not cutting the hair and other strict dietary laws to maintain a healthful state of mind and body.
Samson, the most famous example of locked hair, had seven locks. (Jg. 13:5, 16:17 ,19) Samson got his strength form his dread locks. It may say braids, or just locks in the Bible, but if you think about it, he most likely had dreads.
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, dreads were worn by warriors and different tribes in
, and a hairstyle of ancient Kemet and
. However in
, in a post slavery society and Eurocentric culture, the hairstyle was deemed in the early years as "dreadful" in appearance, and proved to be an immediate way to locate those who were not interested in partaking of "normal" way of life. The early dreadlocks were the first protestors of
by claiming their identity, and expressing a realized concept of the spiritual connotations that came with growing the hair unadulterated without any chemicals or sharp objects. For the Rastas to be black, dreaded and bearded was a more realistic image of Yah'shuah, whom they call “the Christ”.
Hair is really antennae which can receive and transmit energy! A Rastafarian explains that dreadlocks are a quality of Black people; they "are high-tension wires," which transmits divine energy and inspiration from Jah [God], the creator, to Rasta, the mirror." As Blacks awaken to true self-knowledge and self-acceptance this brings, the negative racist conditioning with respect to their natural spiraling, nappy hair as "bad" and straighter hair as "good" will cease!
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