Ras Tafari Renaissance


Dreadlocks; One of the outward signs of the Ras Tafarian, adopted by many other grassroots movements; African in its genuine originality. Ras Tafarians drew from Biblical figures like Samson, as well as, African Liberation movements from the colonial era; like the “Mau Mau Rebellion” in Kenya of the Kikuyu. Many other verses from Scripture along with the story of Samson, the Danite, support the wearing of “locks” & now Ras Tafarians solely have pushed the ticket in making dreadlocks one of the most, if not the most, rebellious & attention-attractive attributes of hair styles. (especially in this day in age) There takes a certain amount of intelligence to properly maintain such a hairstyle & certainly a much deeper knowledge or even adoration to respect. But, what about the children of Ras Tafarians & even others who have or want the joy of sporting locked-hair; should they or shouldn’t they….??? We know that children are extremely impressionable. What message are we sending them by sporting/wearing locks? Also, for others of course, there aren’t many who could say it better:

“Every man got the right to decide his own destiny…”
( _ Bob Marley & The Wailers [ Zimbabwe] )


(…train up a child…)
(…it takes a village to raise a child/children…)

Its certain that Ras Tafari does not have a sole ownership or hold on the wearing of dreadlocks, for they were here long before the revelation of Ras Tafari, but its for certain that locks are African in origin & can be symbolized through a myriad of perspectives. Many people shunned the likes of having naturally locked hair(& some still do…) mainly because, outside of the origin of the birth of this way of wearing hair was foreign to those who rejected it. In some cases, it rejection was because of the symbol it conveyed. For the Mau Mau Revoltfor example, it was a symbol of revolt, being rebel & the early Ras Tafarian principles laid hold to that being that it brought about the themes that rang out in the ideology of their insight. But probably the most significant, of congruency of the Ras Tafarians to their ‘distant relatives’ across the Atlantic was that in the Judeo-Christian kingdom they sighted as the heritage of their forgotten past had similar attributes in some of the very people, which they made many connections to. The irony in this self-discovery…the Ras Tafarians mirrored & projected an image that was nearly point-by-point exact without recent history or the widespread knowledge of their own history.  With just oral traditions, stories, vivid thoughts, & of course, one of the most read books in the known history of the world The BIBLE, Ras Tafarians put forth an ambiance that could surely walk side-by-side with only the Bahitawi of Ethiopia.

Now, it could just be me but you check it out & be the judge! Sometime few words are needed when a situation is as clear as it can get.

Bahitawi Priest of Ethiopia
Bahitawi Priest of Ethiopia


As for the origin of dreadlocks, I most certainly wish I could give you an accurate dating or even educated guess to its beginnings. The best I, as well as the best known & unknown scholars could present to you is the evidence of its origin among peoples who used this styling of hair, upon eons of centuries

Amenemhet III,was the sixth Pharoah of Egypt's; 12th dynasty, who's reign was from  approx. 1860-1814 BC. Scultures of Amenemhet's likeness have been excavated & have shown Amenemhet III' without any of the various Egyptian crowns with what seems to clearly be dreadlocks.
Amenemhet III,
was the sixth Pharoah of Egypt’s, 12th dynasty; who’s reign was from approx. 1860-1814 BC. Scupltures of Amenemhet’s likeness have been excavated & a couple of these elaborate pieces have shown Amenemhet III’ without any of the various Egyptian crowns with what seems to clearly be dreadlocks. (one of which is shown above)
Cleopatra I
Cleopatra I
Sadhus of Indiasome scholar & archaeologist give testimony to an African origin of these Indians, along with many others.
Sadhus of India
some scholar & archaeologist give testimony to an African origin of these Indians, along with many others.
relief, 680 BCE Approx.
Israelite captive of the Assyrians; relief, 680 BCE Approx.
Kikuyu of Kenya
Kikuyu of Kenya
approx. 500 BC
approx. 500 BC

& there is more evidence archeolgical


(check their material out for more Over-Standing of Ras Tafari enlightenment; in spirit & truth. [& the inspiration behind this blogpost]



Jewish Traditions teaches:…???

Therefore (in principle) a Boy’s rites of passage in Ras Tafari from its Ethiopian roots, would more than likely be:
Lidj-ልጅ, (then on to a),
Weld-ወልድ, (then by JAH’s grace to a ),

& a Girl’s rites of passage in Ras Tafari from Ethiopian roots would more than likely be: Lidjit-ልጅት, (then on to a),
Wolete-ወለተ, (then by JAH’s will),

Li’ilt-ልዕልት, Imebeyt-እመቤት or Weyzerit-ወይዘሪት=Ms./Weyzero-ወይዘሮ=Mrs.



Ethiopian-Hebrew congruencies to Modern Jewish traditions:
(GIRL)Wolete T’izaz-ወለተ ትውዛዝ /בת מצוה – Bat Mitzvah
(BOY)Weld’ T’izaz- ወልድ ትእዛዝ / בר מצוה- Bar Mitzvah


And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and bare not. And the angel of the Lord appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son. Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing: For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.


{Take It To JAH In Prayer}


[Vow of a Nazarite]

And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When either man or woman shall separate themselves to vow a vow of a Nazarite, to separate themselves unto the Lord:

He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried.  All the days of his separation shall he eat nothing that is made of the vine tree, from the kernels even to the husk.

All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come upon his head: until the days be fulfilled, in the which he separateth himself unto the Lord, he shall be holy, and shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow.

All the days that he separateth himself unto the Lord he shall come at no dead body.

He shall not make himself unclean for his father, or for his mother, for his brother, or for his sister, when they die: because the consecration of his God is upon his head.

All the days of his separation he is holy unto the Lord.

And if any man die very suddenly by him, and he hath defiled the head of his consecration; then he shall shave his head in the day of his cleansing, on the seventh day shall he shave it.

And on the eighth day he shall bring two turtles, or two young pigeons, to the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation:

And the priest shall offer the one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering, and make an atonement for him, for that he sinned by the dead, and shall hallow his head that same day.

And he shall consecrate unto the Lord the days of his separation, and shall bring a lamb of the first year for a trespass offering: but the days that were before shall be lost, because his separation was defiled.

And this is the law of the Nazarite, when the days of his separation are fulfilled: he shall be brought unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation:

And he shall offer his offering unto the Lord, one he lamb of the first year without blemish for a burnt offering, and one ewe lamb of the first year without blemish for a sin offering, and one ram without blemish for peace offerings,

And a basket of unleavened bread, cakes of fine flour mingled with oil, and wafers of unleavened bread anointed with oil, and their meat offering, and their drink offerings.

And the priest shall bring them before the Lord, and shall offer his sin offering, and his burnt offering:

And he shall offer the ram for a sacrifice of peace offerings unto the Lord, with the basket of unleavened bread: the priest shall offer also his meat offering, and his drink offering.

And the Nazarite shall shave the head of his separation at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and shall take the hair of the head of his separation, and put it in the fire which is under the sacrifice of the peace offerings.

And the priest shall take the sodden shoulder of the ram, and one unleavened cake out of the basket, and one unleavened wafer, and shall put them upon the hands of the Nazarite, after the hair of his separation is shaven:

And the priest shall wave them for a wave offering before the Lord: this is holy for the priest, with the wave breast and heave shoulder: and after that the Nazarite may drink wine.

This is the law of the Nazarite who hath vowed, and of his offering unto the Lord for his separation, beside that that his hand shall get: according to the vow which he vowed, so he must do after the law of his separation.

And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them,

The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:

The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:

The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel, and I will bless them.

Whom shall I dread?…

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