Dreadlocks in Rastafarianism


One of the most visible practices of Rastafarians is the wearing of one's hair in dreadlocks. Dreadlocks have several purposes and layers of meaning for Rastafarians, including:

  • the biblical command not to cut one's hair (Leviticus 21:5)
  • the appearance of a lion's mane, representing strength, Africa, Ethiopia, and the Lion of Judah
  • naturalness and simplicity, which are associated with Africa
  • the Rasta's roots in Africa

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Title Dreadlocks in Rastafarianism
Last UpdatedJanuary 28, 2021
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MLA Citation “Dreadlocks in Rastafarianism.” ReligionFacts.com. 28 Jan. 2021. Web. Accessed 11 May. 2021. <religionfacts.com/rastafarianism/dreadlocks>