The locking of hair has ancient beginnings in historical cultures from all over the world. As far as I’m aware, the earliest written record of locked hair, is in The Vedas, which is the oldest ‘written’ text.
From my studies, reading a branch of The Vedas, called Samkhya Karika, I’ve come across a reference, to what I believe, to be that of locked hair.
‘As it was said, a person who knows the twenty-five principles, becomes liberated, no matter in what stage of life, young or old, whether with clotted hair or shaved, the one who knows these principles will be free.’
Allow me to give you an idea of how old the text is and how old this quote is, what the philosophy is about and what I deduce from the above quote.
Samkhya Karika was written in the 2nd Century, not much is know about the original author ~ Lord Kapila . A revival of the philosophy came about in the 8th Century, with commentary by Gaudapadacharya. In 1933 a further commentary of the text, with a clearer explanation, by Swami Bawra.
In brief, the Samkhya Karika is a science of Spirit and causal nature, the objective to bring about emancipation from mental affliction. This philosophy is the seed to Yoga, Ayurveda, Hindu, Buddha and Jain, without the Samkhya, these life paths would not exist.
From the quote above, I deduce that;
- a) this reference is not the only one and I believe that as my studies continue I will find more
- b) the reference to clotted hair, is that of Sadhu’s locks, heads shaved is a reference to Buddhists
- c) from this I believe, at the time of this reference, Hindu and Buddha was in existence