The earliest evidence of dreadlocks comes to us from the ancient Vedic scriptures. Although this evidence is not as substantial as that of the ancient Egyptians, it suggests that dreadlocks could have existed even earlier. According to the Butterfly Tribe article on the History of Dreadlocks.
The word describing them is #jata (Jah-Tah) which in Sanskrit means, "wearing twisted locks of hair" and "the hair twisted together (as worn by ascetics, Shiva, and persons in mourning)" and a contemporary Hindi dictionary translates it as "matted hair". In the word and concept of jaTa we find the retroflex T which is not of Indo-Aryan origin but from Dravidian languages. As legend has it, the fair skinned Indo-Aryans entered India from the north, but already living there were the darker skinned Dravidians, whose origins remain uncertain but are believed to have founded the Indus Valley culture. Some research and study has proposed that the Dravidians were migrants from northeast Africa, in the land of Kush, or Ethiopia and Kemet. The ancient people and traditions of these lands were also known to have certain kings, mystics, and monks with dreadlocks, as well as many parallels with the Dravidian rites, rituals, linguistics, symbols and beliefs. Indias Ethiopian settlers built the great city Harrapan with its running water and sewage and had been involved in high volume trade. Before the coming of the Aryans, who came down from the North and plundered the city and surrounding villages, forcing the Ethiopians (Dravidians) or Dalits as they are now called, to go down toward the south. They are the people in India who are called untouchables the very same people that Gandhi referred to as the children of god from who the majority of Indians in the Caribbean descended. Although they would resist and blatantly deny their African blood, history has recorded the African presence in India. The Europeans used the term Abyssinian or Negro in describing the people found in India for they resembled the Africans in their culture and customs (http://get-knotted.weebly.com/vedichindusadhusasian-dreads.html)#Jata #Jahtah#jataa#jatalocs#locs#Dreads#Dreadlocks#Background#inspiredby