Why Do Rastafarians Have Dreadlocks?

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Rastafarians wear dreadlocks because, according to their religion, dreadlocks symbolize the mane of the Lion of Judah and their own resistance to "Babylon." Babylon is the term used to describe the world that Rastafarians see as being plagued by oppression, capitalism and materialism. During the Rastafari movements, Rastafarians grew their dreads to distinguish their hair from the silky straight hair of those they considered to be their oppressors.

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