In Uganda, Rastas or ‘Rasta lookalikes’ symbolise non-conformism. – we come from societies where self-expression through your personal image is quite normal, encouraged even. Rasta refers (incorrectly) to “any person having dreadlocks.” “True Rastafarians believe that Ethiopia’s Emperor Haile Selassie a.k.a. Rastafarianism is a common religion amongst black Jamaicans and deeply rooted in African culture.Rastas eat a diet of vegetables, fruit and fish and keep their bodies, mind and soul healthy by staying active in global issues.On Facebook, Tio commented “It’s all about perceptions of “exoticness”, which is why you have Bazungu women falling all over themselves for Masaai men, drape, spear and all.” One attraction of the Rasta is that they’re easy for us Bazungu to recognise them. Because with their shaved heads, every Ugandan man can look the same from a distance – at least when you first arrive in the country.The Rastas stand out, they are easy to spot in the crowd.We don’t have the embarrassment of mistaking one black face for another!Personally, I like big hair anyway (I guess us white ladies are used to guys with hair!) After four years, each black face is as different to me as every white one but when I first came to Uganda, I couldn’t remember who was who. ” That didn’t help much, as I soon learned Ugandan ladies like to DRAMATICALLY change their hairstyle every couple of weeks!If you don’t fit in with the status quo, people are going to comment.
To be Rastafarian you don’t have to be black; in fact Rastafarianism has to come from the heart. Rastas are famous for smoking marijuana as a symbol of religious practice.” Real Rastas – of which there are very few in Uganda it seems – do not touch alcohol.
So for the sake of this article, I have thrown the cosmetic and the real into one big cultural melting pot. I echo the sentiments of this guy, who said: “Come on people, think about it before you all start judging dem Rastas. You must be joking – you don’t know what’s living in that hair! Anja echoed my thoughts: “Rastas are generally a lot more liberal than most Ugandans.