slavery, kidnapping conditions
okay here we go. so historically, dreadlocks are a hairstyle that directly comes from slavery. when my people were taken from our native lands and forced on the ships, they were crammed so tightly, they would often get drenched in each others bodily fluids. that, plus time, and general lack of access to hygiene, matted the hair of the enslaved people and created this "style"
@senzubean I was interested by the Irish bit and it seems like even that is tenuous. The Irish tradition of plaiting hair was probably the source, because poorly maintained plaits would have matted, but the source for "glibbes" (which doesn't even sound like a word the Irish would have coined, IMO) seems to be an Irish-hating English colonist accusing Irish people of using their hair to hide from the law, or something.
https://becausegoodheroesdeservekidneys.tumblr.com/post/72685531990/but-the-celts-wore-dreadlockstattoosbody (2nd commnt)
@senzubean So it seems that while we have a legit claim to body ink, our hairstyles were more viking plaits (probably comes from Viking heritage, too) than Locs.
I dunno though, I'm no historian and maybe Irish locs were a thing, too. We've been bored on this Island a long time, probably had a lot of fashions before all the invasions that never got documented well and remained in pockets.
But most of the "historians" since Rome thought we were animals and just made shit up.
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