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The name "Rastafarian" is a Jamaican rendering of "Ras Tafari" and is the name given to the members of the movement.
Rastafarians had to fight hard and dirty for their beliefs to be accepted by Jamaicans in power.
Rastafarians reinterpret the Old Testament claiming that they are true present-day prophets, the reincarnated Mosses, Joshua, Isaiah, and Jeremiah (Morrish, 1982, 63).
it.stlawu.edu /~soc407/rastafarian/history.htm   (1325 words)

 Religious Movements Homepage: Rastafarianism
Many Rastafarians believed that his death was staged by the media in an attempt to bring their faith down, while others claimed that Haile Selassie I had trodded on to the perfect flesh, and sits on the highest point of Mount Zion where He and Empress Menen await the Time of Judgement.
Rastafarians came to the United States in large numbers as a result of the general migration of Jamaicans in the 1970s.
Also, eight Lafayette, LA, children, whose Rastafarian values forbade them from cutting their dreadlocked hair, were recently allowed to reattend school after officials banned a school rule excluding "extremes in hair styles." According to the lawsuit, the family had been denied its constitutional rights of free expression and free practice of its Rastafarian religion.
religiousmovements.lib.virginia.edu /nrms/rast.html   (3950 words)

 History of Rastafarians - Slider
Emperor Haile Selassie, whom the Rastafarians call Jah, was crowned "King of Kings, Lord of Lords, and Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah".
Rastafarians looked to their bibles, and saw what they believed to be the fulfilling of many prophecies from the book of Revelations.
By the 1950s, Rastafarianism's message of racial pride and unity had unnerved the ruling class of Jamaica, and confrontations between the poor fl Rastas and middle-class white police were common.
enc.slider.com /Enc/Rastafarian_music   (1600 words)

 History of Rastafarians
The Piby was adopted by Rastafarians as the source of their liturgical texts.
Howell's followers migrated to the slums of Kingston, and the movement went from a rural peasant separatist movement to one associated with the ghettoes of the capital.
Most Rastafarian teachers, however, have advocated the controlled ritual smoking of "wisdomweed" both privately as an aid to meditation and communally from "chalice" pipes as an "incense pleasing to the Lord".
rastas-home.tripod.com /history_of_rastafarians.htm   (4095 words)

 Rastafarians - Music Sage   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
About 60 Rastafarians from the United States, Canada and the Caribbean were attending the five-day meeting of the Caribbean Rastafari Organisation, said the group's chairman, Ras Frank I. Frank said Rastafarians continue to be arrested, jailed and sometimes deported for using small amounts of marijuana, which the faith considers a holy sacrament.
Rastafarianism is a 20th century phenomenom originating from the shanty towns of Kingston, Jamaica, and spreading among the African (and non-african) diaspora on the wings of the international music industry and the ganja trade routes.
Rastafarians believe Selassie, or Ras Tafari, was the long-awaited Messiah from the House of David, as prophesised in the Old Testament, who would gather them from their lands where they were oppressed and bring them to Ethiopia, which they considered as home.
www.musicsage.org /topics/Rastafarianism   (3204 words)

 Online Encyclopedia and Dictionary - Music of Jamaica
Marley himself was viewed Rastafarian messianic figure by some fans, particularly throughout the Caribbean, Africa, and among Native Americans and Australian Aborigines.
Reggae music was intricately tied to the expansion of Rastafarian religion with its principles of pacifism, Zionism, and pan-Africanism.
Kumina’s distinctive drumming style became one of the roots of Rastafarian drumming, itself the source of the distinctive Jamaican rhythm heard in ska, rocksteady and reggae.
fact-archive.com /encyclopedia/Music_of_Jamaica   (2193 words)

Religions always reflect the social and geographical environment out of which they emerge, and Jamaican Rastafarianism is no exception: for example, the use of marijuana as a sacrament and aid to meditation is logical in a country where a particularly strain of 'herb' grows freely.
Rastafarians live a peaceful life, needing little material possessions and devote much time to contemplating the scriptures.
The movement spread quickly in the Caribbean and was hugely attractive to the local fl youths, many of whom saw it as an extension of their adolescent rebellion from school and parental authority.
www.swagga.com /rasta.htm   (598 words)

 RASTAFARI TIMES - It's Time For A World Rastafarian Reformation
The Rastafarian and Coptic as well as the Beta Isreal Jews of Ethiopia have and still have as part of their culture the highest regard for education, science, technoology and religion.
Not only should Rastafarians be artists, musicians and entertainers but there should be a move to prepare and encourage Rastafarians to enter into the sciences, technologies agriculture, commerce and other areas of advancement, just as India's Sikhs, Nigerias Yorubas (who are also African Spiritualists) and some of the the worlds most effective businessmen and women.
Rastafarians must be very strong and dedicated to the improvement of the lives of people whether they are Rastafarians or not.
www.rastafaritimes.com /commentaries/16122001.htm   (1148 words)

 RAS.DOC (Word4)
Today, Rastafarians are to be found in all professions, trades and business ventures, but I think it fair to say that many are farmers; and even those that are not farmers have a great affinity to the land.
As regards Rastafarians' use of the cannabis herb for healing, they cite Revelations 22:2- "the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations." They also point to the medicinal history of the plant, coupled with up-to-date scientific research and findings as regards the healing properties and medicinal value of the plant.
With the new world-wide movement towards natural foods and ways of living, some Rastafarians, male and female, are in the forefront in developing business enterprises in their respective countries to provide local, herbal teas, remedies, tasty alternative foods, cereals and nutritious snacks.
sakafete.com /bookstore/The_Word/APPENDIX-II-Rastafari-Final.htm   (9420 words)

 P.O.D. and Rastafarianism
Rastafarianism is a religion and way of life, that began in Jamaica in the 1930’s that blends components of Christianity, Hinduism, New Age, Mysticism, Racism and Voodoo.
Rastafarianism is a lie and a false hope and a perversion of the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ.
Rastafarianism does not teach an afterlife such as heaven or hell, but their heaven is Zion, which to the Rasta is Ethiopia, the promise land.
www.av1611.org /crock/pod_rast.html   (7450 words)

 The Rastafarians
This strengthened the Rastafarians’ belief because they claimed their god is not supposed to know he is a god.
The Rastafarians believe they were exiled from Ethiopia to Jamaica because they offended their god.
The Rastafarian movement began in the slums of Jamaica, but it spread to the middle class.
www.mrdowling.com /710-rastafarians.html   (353 words)

 An annotated bibliography of Rastafarian Speech (Rasta Talk or Dread Talk)
This is a well-written history of Rastafarianism in the context of Jamaican history.
This is a compassionate introduction to the Rastafarians.
This is one of the earliest study of the Rastafarians.
members.tripod.com /~THSlone/rasta-bibliography.html   (2843 words)

 Intro to Rasta   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Rastafarians say scriptures prophesised him as the one with "the hair of whose head was like wool (the matted hair of I fl man), whose feet were like unto burning brass (I fl skin)".
Rastafarians believe that Haile Selassie I has trodded on to the perfect flesh, and sits on the highest point of Mount Zion where He and Empress Menen await the time of judgement.
Babylon is the Rastafarian term for the white political power structure that has been holding the fl race down for centuries.
www.reggaemovement.com /History/introtorasta.htm   (822 words)

 Knotty Boy DreadStuff: the History of Dreadlocks
It was therefore, seen as a threat to Christianity and came under attack by the authorities that tried to suppress the ‘Rasta’ movement and imprisoned those who possessed ‘ganja’.
Rastafarians smoked cannabis because they thought it prompted a clearer state of well - being.
Their dreadlocks were thought to be disgusting and frightening, hence the term ‘dread’ which was later reclaimed by the ‘Rasta’ community.
www.knottyboy.com /learn/dreadhistory.php   (995 words)

 The Conscious Rasta Perspective
Today Rastafarians are easily identified by their distinct look, often characterized by wearing their hair in distinctive dreadlocks fashion as well as a range of fashionable adornments ranging from Rasta tams (knitted hats), the sporting of the Pan-Afrikan colors of red, green, gold and fl.
Also stated was the significance of Rastafarian holidays, the births of the martyrs, as well as the history of Ethiopia, Jamaica and other populations of Afrika and the Diaspora.
In Rastafarian Nyahbinghi circles, Afrikan drumming is used to induce a trance-like spiritual state and to reinforce transcendent spiritual bonds between Rasta brethren and sistren within the community.
afgen.com /rasta.html   (4129 words)

 Erowid Cannabis Vault : Spiritual Use #1
The [Rastafarian] movement does not have organized congregations, as do other religious cults; it does not have a paid clergy; it does not even have a cohesive doctrine in written form, yet young people from every walk of life and every race are drawn to the movement.
Prior to the emergence of the Rastafarians, ganja was used by native herbalists as a folk medicine, particularly in teas and as smoking mixtures with tobacco.
According to the Rastafarians, the structure of the Jamaican society is inhuman and cannot provide the psychic nutrients demanded by the Blacks who originated in the satisfying cultures of Africa.
www.erowid.org /plants/cannabis/cannabis_spirit1.shtml   (1932 words)

 Youth Culture - A Look at the World's History
Rap - rap music came from USA and is a form of poetry which involves chanting to a strong beat.
Rastafarians worship a former emperor of Ethiopia as a god (Haile Selssias).
Teds, Mods, Rockers, Bikers, Skinheads, Punks and Rastafarians, the sub-cultures of the society,all have their roots in the poorer parts of towns.
worldshistory.informbank.com /articles/culture/youth-culture.htm   (2002 words)

 Rastafari movement - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Many Rastafarians follow an ital diet which essentially means living by the dietary Laws of Leviticus and Deuteronomy in the Old Testament, or vegetarian or vegan by modern standards.
Babylon: "Babylon" is the Rastafarian term for the oppression they see in modern society, equal in their eyes to that in the ancient city of Babylon.
Emperor Haile Selassie I, whom some of the Rastafarians call Jah, was crowned "King of Kings, Elect of God, and Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah" in Addis Ababa on November 2, 1930.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Rastafarianism   (6699 words)

First, Selassie convinced the Rastafarian brothers that they "should not seek to immigrate to Ethiopia until they had liberated the people of Jamaica." Second, from that time forth, April 21 has been celebrated as a "special holy day" among Rastafarians.
The responses concerning Selassie's death ranged from "his death was a fabrication" to "his death was inconsequential because Haile Selassie was merely a `personification' of God".
Currently, the Rastafarian movement has official branches in England, Canada, the Caribbean islands and America as well as members in most of the civilized countries.
www.lasalle.edu /~blainr1/rasta/history.html   (306 words)

 New Global History: NGH Mission   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The history of Belizean home cooking is an interesting story on its own, illustrated with menus, recipes, and bad colonial poetry.
The project started from a paradox: the USA is the foremost power promoting globalization, but is on many counts pursuing policies that are anti-global in their essence; i.e., the USA is uneasy about living in the global society that it is helping to create.
Global History, or rather "New Global History", to distinguish it from traditional world history, is a new sub-field of history.
www.newglobalhistory.org /events.html   (1873 words)

 ALIDA C. METCALF | Millenarian Slaves? The Santidade de Jaguaripe and Slave Resistance in the Americas | The American ...
In 1952, José Calasans wrote the first modern history of the Santidade de Jaguaripe and hinted that it belonged within the context of the periodic appearance among Brazilian Indians of individuals known as caraíbas, who were perceived to possess supernatural powers.
A specialist in Brazilian history, she is the author of Family and Frontier in Colonial Brazil: Santana de Parnaíba, 1580–1822 (1992), which was awarded the Harvey Johnson Book Award in 1993 and honorable mention for the Bolton Prize in 1994.
Slave resistance is of major interest to Brazilian history due to the importance of slavery in Brazilian development, but this literature has never explored whether slave resistance could have taken millenarian forms.
www.historycooperative.org /journals/ahr/104.5/ah001531.html   (14260 words)

 The Watchman Expositor: Rastafarianism Profile
One of the key doctrines of Rastafarians had been their expectation that they would one day return to Africa, "the Zion which would be restored to them after centuries in the Diaspora" (Rastaman, p.
Early in the history of the movement, Leonard Howell gave the Rastafarians six principles.
As with many other groups which selectively acknowledge biblical passages, the Rastafarians will only accept those parts of the Bible which appear to agree with their unique theological perspectives.
www.watchman.org /profile/rastapro.htm   (1582 words)

 BookPage Fiction Review: The True History of Paradise
Thus her loyalties during an era of revolution in the late 1970s and early 1980s are never simply a matter of fl and white.
Peppered with references to Rastafarians and reggae, musician Bob Marley and political leader Michael Manley, and seasoned with Jamaican dialect, this novel also holds a delightful surprise.
Still, the island's lush history is just a counterpoint to the tragedy that fuels Jean's soul-searching -- the suicide of her beloved older sister Lana.
www.bookpage.com /9908bp/fiction/true_history_of_paradise.html   (478 words)

 Department of History - Michigan State University
All applicants for graduate studies in African History are also encouraged to apply for a FLAS award, if they are eligible to do so.
Carmichael examines law, social history and questions of national integration of this ancient Muslim culture into the state and empire which Haile Sellassie was attempting to create in Ethiopia.
Solomon examines the parallel histories of Ethiopia and Ethiopian-Americans in the late 20th century, with an emphasis on migration and flight from the old country and the forms of organization and conflict among Ethiopians in the United States.
www.matrix.msu.edu /~history/african_history.php   (1904 words)

Rastafarianism is one of the peculiar exports of Jamaica.
Whether Rastafarianism was born out of Marcus Garvey's fl consciousness of the 1930s or this allowed it to grow and prosper is not known.
Rastafarians have also developed a peculiar dialect known for regarding the self as 'I', a reflection of the belief that God exists in each person.
www.reggaemarathon.com /rasta.htm   (366 words)

The early history of Jamaica is one long tale of sad intrigue, human suffering, lawlessness, and immoral profit, at the center of which were the African slaves—the ancestors of present-day Jamaicans.1 Slavery in Jamaica lacked any vestige of humanity.
Jamaican history should record that the gallantry of the Trelawny Maroons ceased with the signing of the Peace Treaty of March 1, 1738, and that of the Leeward Maroons of July 23, 1739.
The history of the Maroons, thereafter, has been a sad tale of atrocities perpetuated against their countrymen.
www.rasta-legalhighs.com /jamaicanhistory.html   (3851 words)

 Ethiopia and Rastafarians   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
In addition to the King’s Black race which was implicit in their interpretation, the Rastafarians saw the fire synonymous with flness.
The Rastafarian who chooses to assert I-n-I is thus and ‘uplifted’ one, one that has rediscovered his/her dignity.
The Rastafarian speech has been called “soul language,” ghetto language,” and “hallucinogenic language.” It is characterized as the language of the uneducated because among other things it is almost devoid of subject-object opposition as well as without verbs and has other peculiarities.
www.angelfire.com /ak/sellassie/page5.html   (2605 words)

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