In India, colorism is rampant. Darker-skinned Indians, especially women, face discrimination at work, at school — even in love. Some arranged marriage websites let families filter out prospective brides by skin tone.
Low and behold, despite their extreme discrimination of colorism, ie. light-skinned Indians maltreating darker-toned Indians, many are unaware their religious leader Buddha was definitely amongst the family of the darker end of India. So much so he was a product of nappy hair.
Buddha who is not considered a God, but an enlightened being is as significant to Indians and Buddhists as Jesus is to Christians across the world.
The word Buddha means “enlightened.” The path to enlightenment is attained by utilizing morality, meditation and wisdom. Buddhists often meditate because they believe it helps awaken truth, and this is a truth they might love extremely.
Bantu knots are an ancient and common hairstyle worn from Africa to the Caribbean that has been a major part of our tradition. Bantu knots are presented in various forms. Sometimes twisters and wrapped around to make a circular knot, with various of these planted across the scalp. Another form of Bantu knots is mini afro-puffs that pull their hair together into afro balls creating various mini afro puffs across the skulls. Although it was always in the circuit and rampant in Africa, the hairdo made a big hit amongst African American women in 2015.
One essential aspect when it comes to hosting Bantu knots on the head in all forms is one must definitely have a nappy head or the hair would escape the knots ties in days.
The hairstyle traces back to the Bantu-speaking people, which started in Southern West Africa and moved out through Central, Eastern, and Southern Africa during the Bantu migration, from the 2nd millennium BCE to 1500 CE.
Sculptures and images of the original Buddha show that the enlightened religious leader was heavily recognized for his Bantu hairstyle compared to the straightened hair most Indians commonly were and have grown multi-million businesses selling hair to African women, who naturally grow the nappy hair their religious leader does.This is contrary to the fat white man many movies, cartoons, and images have depicted Buddha as. As a matter of fact, even the common Indian isn’t blessed with nappy hair, meaning that we can only expect a real Buddha so dark that will show that many have been misled by the popular belief published by the religious teacher.
Gautama Buddha, was an ascetic, a religious leader, and a teacher who lived in ancient India born into a wealthy family, who gave it all to ‘seek enlightenment after realizing the difficulties people went through.
Buddha’s story is a very inspiring one and full of enlightenment, however, taking a page from India’s Bollywood industry it seems the only lightening going on is with the tones of bleaching creams and hair straightening to emulate their Hollywood counterparts.
To date, Bantu Knots have been rocked by many celebrities such as Rihanna, Lupita, Beyonce and many more.
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