Bobo Dreads are one of the larger 'houses' of Rastafari,
and are also known as the 'Ethiopia Africa Black
International Congress', or as the 'Bobo
Their founder, leader, President and High Priest is Prince
Emmanuel Charles Edwards, usually known simply
as Prince Emmanuel, or affectionately as Dada.
The name 'Emmanuel' or 'Immanuel' is derived from the
Hebrew scriptures and means literally 'God (El) is
with us'. It was also a name or title given to Jesus Christ, with whom Prince Emmanuel of the Bobo
Dreads is frequently identified. Alternatively, Prince
Emmanuel may be seen as God incarnate, especially since
he named his son Jesus.
The Bobo Dreads are usually characterised by having their
locks covered by a wrapped head scarf
or turban (which serves as an outward mark of
their distinction from other dreads, who may or may not
be Rastafarians), and long black, white, or
colourful robes. Generally, they believe in the Divinity
of Haile Selassie and place great emphasis on Old
Testament ritual and practice.
Some of the best known Bobo Dreads of the modern Reggae
scene iclude the artists Capleton and Sizzla.
Barry Chevannes has written an article about the Bobo
Dread, which can be viewed at the following page:
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