I needed to do something besides just sitting around thinking...lately thinking only leads to one place and I'm all out of tears today...
So I went to my mind's journal and started remembering a conversation I had at the dinner table with my family last week...
The conversation went jokingly something like "dreadlocks...damn hippy...white girl...etc."
My defense for having dreadlocks, from day one, has been that dreads don't just belong to one culture. Most people associate locked hair with Rastafari or African culture. Both of which are beautiful, deeply rooted, and highly spiritual and anyone who belongs to either or both should be proud. However, locked hair has also been noted throughout history in many others: the Picts, the Celts, the Australian Aborginees, the Egyptians, the Hindus...and many more.
Having locked hair means many things to me. It's not a style. It doesn't classify me into a subculture. Having dreads is a way of life. In my own spiritual path, I believe that each strand of a persons hair carries in it the energy or essence of that person. When they leave bits or pieces of their hair behind, they leave a bit of themselves. Anyone could take parts of my hair and use it against me...spiritually. By keeping my hair in locks, I am protecting my essence from harm.
Locking my hair took dedication and strength. It was a painful process that took weeks to complete. The determination to go forward with my intention, despite the protests of my family, shows great character-- I believe. Many cultures believe that people with locked hair are highly spiritual and noticed first among their Gods.
While I am not Kemetic, I do hold many of the Kemetic values in my own life. They believe there are 77 commandments to leading a spiritual life and that only a person who can uphold the 77 commandments all of the time can be worthy of dreadlocks. That's deep.
I'm happy to provide the following links for more information on the dreadlock history, culture, and subculture.