Dreadlocks is a compound word
combining the words dread
that dates to the time of the invasion of native peoples in the West
Indies. When British Colonizers came to these countries and saw the
natives' hair they described them as "dreadful.
of various African ethnic groups wear locks and the styles and
significance may change from one group to another. However this is most
Likely a blend of the returning slaves from the west.
priests were described in Aztec codices
(including the Durán Codex
, the Codex Tudela
and the Codex Mendoza
) as wearing their hair untouched, allowing it to grow long and matted.
Mummified remains of ancient Egyptians with locks, as well as locked wigs, have also been recovered from archaeological sites
The very earliest Christians also may have worn
this hairstyle. Particularly noteworthy are descriptions of James the Just
, first Bishop of Jerusalem, who wore them to his ankles