What is Rastafari?
13 Apr 07
This was another one for Wiki, I am afraid. I tok a little look over there and there was oddles of information. I gleaned this small portion: "Rasta, or the Rastafari movement, is a religion and philosophy that accepts Haile Selassie I, the former Emperor of Ethiopia, as God incarnate, whom they call Jah. He is also seen as part of the Holy Trinity as the messiah promised in the Bible to return. The name Rastafari comes from Ras (Head or Duke or Chief) Tafari Makonnen, the pre-coronation name of Haile Selassie I. The movement emerged in Jamaica among working-class and peasant black people in the early 1930s, arising from an interpretation of Biblical prophecy partly based on Selassie's status as the only African monarch of a fully independent state, and his titles of King of Kings, Lord of Lords, and Conquering Lion of Judah (Revelation 5:5). Other factors leading to its rise include the sacred use of cannabis, and various Afrocentric social and political aspirations, such as the teachings of Jamaican publicist and organiser Marcus Garvey (also often regarded as a prophet), whose political and cultural vision helped inspire a new world view." Hope that helps!
• Janesville, Wisconsin
27 Apr 07
I do not know not a whole lot on Rastafarianism But I do know Reggae music is popular among them, and I like how that sounds... So I quick looked up an article He is a link to a Encyclopedia article on this tradition. - DNatureofDTrain Encyclopedia Britannica Online http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9313145/Rastafarianism