You know what? I just have to leave a response for you, that it is obvious these are strictly your opinions only! I googled dreads images because I in fact have them myself and...You have some very misconceived notions of dreads and to call them Bob Marley imitators you are very wrong. People have had dreads since the beginning of time. Please look up more info on them before you so coldly jump to conclusions. Some people in India, The Islands the U.S. everywhere a lot of people have dreads because first off naturally that is what your hair will do when it reamins uncombed that does not mean it is all dirty hair. I have had dreads for three years and I wash it very frequently. No not everyday bt at least once a week. I don't know what the person was doing with the toothpaste but that to me tells me he didn't know what he was doing either. And I'm sure that was gross. ANd to then jump from dreads to say oh yeah the sub culture is full of rage...Look around you. You say you travel, are you happy with the state of affairs in our world?? Bombs, Hate, uninformed, brainwashed cultures? Maybe it is this reaon for the sub-culures to be full of rage. Perhaps they say you know I don't have a crew cut and I don't quite fit so they think different thoughts. non-conformist attitudes! What do you think? Mr. Hobo
hello, I found this post the same way that starfighter did. I just wanted to add a few things to their comment.
1. The Rastafarian faith did start out with some pretty extreme ideas, but it was trying to combat a situation of extreme opression and segregation. People who are opressed tend to revolt, and some are generally extremists. Sometimes though, extremist action is the only way to balance the opressor. The Rastafarian faith spurred the uprising of many black people all over the world. The dreadlock is what nappy hair becomes when grown long. It is therefore a symbol of acceptance of one's skin colour, and equality with whites.
2. The dreadlocked 'bums' you saw in India were probably Hindu ascetics. Extremely devout people who have relegated wordly possessions and physical comfort for a life of prayer. They traditionally wear beards and dreadlocks, as they do nothing but pray, and only eat and drink when it is absolutely unavoidable.
3. You said something about culture being a good thing, not something to fight. What must be understood is that culture is mobile, it is fluid, a summing up of individual existences. Culture changes, it expands and contracts as people are born and as people die, and with it styles change. A person does not lack culture if they question certain things, like combing one's hair. So welcome the hairless and the dreadhead, they're your new brothers and sisters - and very few of them are black supremesists or skinheads. If you never see the beauty of these styles, that's fine, but at least give us dignity, and question stereotypes.
Thanks for Hearing me out.
I just returned from West Africa after six months. I was saying to my Togo girlfriend, the Rasta Man represents West Africa.
She got very annoyed, and said, in French or course, the last thing on the list ot represent the Africa people is Rasta Man.
I do appreciate clear comments, and thanks for some good ideas. I do know, in my travels of 10 years and 77 countries, when I see Rasta Man, they normally want to sell me something or try to make me feel guilty or extort something from me by intimidation.
I now just avoid Rasta, life is too short, 90 percent bad experiences.
I just was in Ghana, the one man screams at me,
- I am Rasta Man. -
Yes, that is nice.
There is a attempt by the global Rasta man to force me to listen or pay attention. I refuse to allow anyone to enter my world that does not enter by respect.
In West Africa, the Rasta man is not very respected and considered just a person that preys on the Abroni.
I wouldnt want to travel with you, you sounds a little too critical.
Funny stuff, the average person will not travel unless.
One of the 3-5 countries they wanted to visit out of the possible 252 countries.
What you are trying to say, you do not want anyone around you who says their opinion.
I admit, I will do about anything to avoid the Bob Marley bunch, which is easy to do because they do not travel to the truly nice places like the countries of Africa.
theyre not bob marley imitators... Rastafarianism is a well shared tradition widely spread amongst jamaicans and african americans alike... i could truly tell you of it if you inquire... my email is listed
i found this the same as the above and i gotta say you sir are an idiot
i have had dreads nearly 20 years they are beyond my toes now
the toothpaste kids was a fashion seeking fool who was tricked by many lies spread around the net
natural dreads dread best when kept cleaner then straight hair (no residue causing products)
they have been around as long as man has been on earthg
most religions in fact demand you dread, including christianity buddhism judaism hindu..almost all
wether you dread for religios or other reasons drewads are a beautiful carefree way to feel free from vanity
just look how you judge all people with dreads..judgment based only on looks
now as for rastafarians most are extremely respectful..some do act superior (like christians dont do that too?)
they are generaly very kind very freindly and easy to get along with if you trweat them with respect
not all rastas are black either..rastafarianism in most forms preaches colorblindness.. the cfolor of a mans eyes should matter more then the color of his skin..
they are strong believesrs in peace and love..far more then the average judgmebntal christians
rastafarianism is in fact a christian belief based on the bible
the bible has several passages commanding you to wear your hair in locks, never to touch comb or blade to your hair
aside from religion though..dreads are beautiful.. they seperate the shallow who are so scared to have a non conformist image they all dress and act alike from those who are far more open minded and accepting
those who are not shallow tend to find dreads extreemely beautiful and attractive.. and it has the added bonus of repelling close minded shallow assholes like you