Ganja, or marijuana, which was brought to Jamaica by the Indians who had used it for medicine and as a hallucinogen to be used as a meditation aid for centuries. Rastafarians often refer to it Hindu goddess whose name means 'great black mother' whose invoking is usually associated with the lifting of sagging spirits.
The Indian's would use the marijuana and speak about getting rid of evil spirits, living the righteous way and taking the true path of life. They would of course be speaking in the Hindi language in which the word 'way' or 'path' is 'raasta'
The dreadlocked, ganja-smoking sadhu or wandering ascetic is a well known figure in India, and bands of saddhus often live in Rasta-like camps and smoke marijuana from a formally-blessed communal chalice pipe.
Vedic scriptures provide the earliest known written evidence of dreadlocks. Their exact date of origin is still in dispute, ranging from 2500 to 500 BC. The dreadlocked Vedic deity Shiva and his followers were described in the Vedic scriptures as 'jaTaa', meaning 'wearing twisted locks of hair.
Hindu Mythology says that Shiva takes the weight of the mighty Ganges in his locks and imprisons her. She is released through the locks of his hair, which prevents the river's force from destroying earth and waters bring purification to the planet. Among the Sadhus and Sadhvis, Indian holy men and women, dreadlocks sacred, their formation a religious ritual and an expression of their disregard for profane vanity, and a manifestation of a spiritual understanding that physical appearances are unimportant..
Dreadlocks in India are reserved nearly exclusively for holy people as well as shamans in many of the ethnic groups that still maintain such practices. According to the 'Hymn of the longhaired sage'in the ancient Vedas, long jatas express a spiritual significance which implies the wearer has special relations with spirits, is an immortal traveler between two worlds and is master over fire.
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