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  Rastafari movement - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
So she turned and went to her own country, she and her servants." On the basis of the Kebra Negast, Rastas interpret this as meaning she conceived his child, and from this, they concluded that the fl people are the true children of Israel, or Jews.
Emperor Haile Selassie I, whom 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.
Somewhere between one and two hundred thousand Rastafarians from all over Jamaica descended on Kingston airport having heard that the man whom they considered to be God was coming to visit them.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Rastafarianism   (5892 words)

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.
Rastafarianism had a profound influence on reggae music, which has now become synomomous with the movement and is its chief medium of communication with Blacks around the world.
Judiasm and Rastafarianism:- A study of the Falashas by Edward Bardfield - presents the thesis that the Falashas are the bridge between the Jews and the Rastafarians.
www.kheper.net /topics/religion/Rastafarianism.htm   (794 words)

 Who Are the Rastafarians
Rastafarianism or Rastafari is an Africa-centered religion in which the late Emperor Haile-Selassie, 1892-1975, is revered as the fl Messiah.
Followers of Rastafarianism are known as Rastafarians, Rastas, Sufferers, Locksmen, Dreads or Dreadlocks, the last three referring to the unique braid hair style with which the sect is closely associated.
Rastafarians, many of whom are self-employed as artists, peddlers, and farmers are generally nonviolent and law abiding.
www.addistribune.com /Archives/2005/02/04-02-05/Who.htm   (2016 words)

 /ARTS WEEKLY/ETHIOPIA: Rastafarians Promoting Alternative Farming Method   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
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.
Rastafarianism, often associated with the poorer fl population in Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean and West Indies, is not just a religion but also a way of life.
Unfortunately, the ways of Rastafarians have been misunderstood in Ethiopia and many of the younger generation of Rastas have been forced to cut their dreadlocks in order to ward off stares and giggles.
www.ipsnews.net /africa/interna.asp?idnews=21023   (1093 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)

 The Rastafarians by Leonard Lee Barrett (being slowly typed....)
To the outsider much of Rastafarian rhetoric appears to be meaningless babbling yet, on the deper level of communication, it appears to project the message to the native hearers despite the sceming madness.
We the Rastafarians who are the true prophets of this age, the reincarneated Moseses, Joshuas, Isaiahs, Jeremiahs who are the battle-axes and weapons of war (a Jihad), we are those who are detined to free not only the scattered Ethiopians (Black man) but all people, animals, herbs and all life forms.
Rastafarians hold various types of gatherings; there are weekly and monthly meetings called for various occasions, the most important of which is known as the "Nyabingi" meeting.
www.reggaeguesthouse.com /culture_reggae_ko_samet_reservation/the_rastafarians/the_rastafarians_4.htm   (13196 words)

 The Anniston Star - Bob Marley brings Ethiopians and Rastafarians together — but all is not harmony
At best, the tiny Rastafarian community is tolerated as an oddity in the deeply traditional and overwhelmingly Orthodox Christian country on the Horn of Africa.
Rastafarians worshipped Ethiopia’s last emperor — Haile Selassie, who died in 1975 — as their living god, a belief based on a 1920 prophecy by Jamaican civil rights leader Marcus Garvey that a fl man would be crowned king in Africa.
For Rastafarians, who preach a oneness with nature, smoking marijuana is a sacrament.
www.dailyhome.com /entertainment/2005/as-music-0203-0-5b02w4746.htm   (765 words)

There were other Rastafarian musicians who also set forth the message of the movement in their music, but Bob Marley brought it out of Jamaica.
Rastafarians have a similar rule because they do no believe in the legal system where officials are elected into position.
Rastafarians would not agree with the labor theory of value because they believe that you can get all that is need from the land of some natural process.
it.stlawu.edu /~soc407/rastafarian/reggae_music.htm   (909 words)

 Antigua Rastafarians to petition Parliament to legalise ganja - JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM
Rastafarianism emerged in Jamaica in the 1930s out of anger over the oppression of fls.
In 1997, a judge in Antigua ruled that Rastafarianism is a religion and that its practitioners are entitled to protection under the law.
Antiguan Rastafarians petitioned the government to legalise marijuana in 2000, but their petition was ignored.
www.jamaicaobserver.com /news/html/20041127T000000-0500_70319_OBS_ANTIGUA_RASTAFARIANS_TO_PETITION_PARLIAMENT_TO_LEGALISE_GANJA.asp   (348 words)

 Or Prohibiting the Free Exercise Thereof   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
For the nearly million worldwide Rastas (and the estimated 3,000 to 5,000 in the U.S.), the smoking of marijuana or ganja is a holy sacrament, not unlike communion is for a Christian.
Knight became a practicing Rastafarian, and was rechristened Geese Tafari, in the spring of 2002.
To be a Rastafarian in America is to practice one's religion under the constant threat of prosecution.
www.rutherford.org /oldspeak/articles/culture/oldspeak-rasta.htm   (1556 words)

 Religious Movements Homepage: Rastafarians
The Rastafarians' use of marijuana is perhaps the most dominant force in the movement's religious idealogy, as well as the most controversial.
For the Rastafarians, then, the smoking of the herb is both a reactionary device to society, freeing the follower from the establishment, and a religious sacrament, enabling the Rastafarian a oneness with both God and himself.
The Rastafarian movement is threatened by the emergence of crack as the drug of choice among Rastafarian youth, on Kingston's streets and elsewhere in Jamaica (French).
religiousmovements.lib.virginia.edu /nrms/SAVED/rast_arch.html   (1671 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.
It is the vehicle to cosmic consciousness" (The Rastafarians, pp.
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)

 Information about Rastafarians
Rastafarians are members of a Jamaican messianic movement dating back to the 1930s.
According to Rastafarian belief the only true God is the late Ethiopian emperor HAILE SELASSIE (originally known as Ras Tafari), and Ethiopia is the true Zion.
Rastafarians claim that white Christian preachers and missionaries have perverted the Scriptures to conceal the fact that Adam and Jesus were fl.
www.jamaicatravelnet.com /info/rasta.html   (104 words)

 Rastafarians   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Rastafarians do not consider themselves to be a religion or social/political group and many despise any type of classification.
Rastafarians believe that God is a spirit and that this spirit was manifested in King H.I.M. Emperor Haile Selassie I. Rastafarians believe that Jesus was a direct descendant of King David and was fl.
Rastafarians believe that the Ethiopian Solomonic Dynasty is a direct representation of King David.
tiger.towson.edu /~lthoma5/rastafarians.htm   (392 words)

 Rasta-man.co.uk rastafarian forum rasta links and rasta info
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 Sellassie 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 judgment.
Babylon is the Rastafarian term for the white political power structure that has been holding the fl race down for centuries.
www.rasta-man.co.uk /religion.htm   (530 words)

 History of Rastafarians
Not only did no Jamaica-wide "Rastafarian Church" develop, but there was not even agreement on basic doctrine or a canon of Scripture--both the Holy Piby and the King James Bible were used by various Elders, but were freely emended and "corrected".
Contrary to the widely repeated claim that the Emperor was "amazed" or "bemused" upon "discovering" the existence of the Rastafarians (the greater number of whom by 1966 believed him to be God in essence), there is much evidence that Haile Selassie's whole purpose in visiting Jamaica was to meet the Rasta leadership.
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)

 The Seattle Times: Nation & World: Rastafarians meet in Ethiopia to mark Bob Marley's birthday
The tiny Rastafarian community is tolerated as an oddity in the deeply traditional and overwhelmingly Orthodox Christian country on the Horn of Africa.
Rastafarians worshipped Selassie, who died in 1975, as their living god, a belief based on a 1920 prophecy by Jamaican civil-rights leader Marcus Garvey that a fl man would be crowned king in Africa.
Selassie, in turn, granted Rastafarians land in 1963 at Shashemene, 155 miles south of Addis Ababa, but successive governments have refused to give Rastafarians citizenship in their adopted country.
seattletimes.nwsource.com /html/nationworld/2002167666_marley02.html   (516 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)

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The word “Rastafarianism” often calls to mind the stereotypical images of dreadlocks (long braids or natural locks of hair), ganja (marijuana), the streets of Kingston, Jamaica, and the reggae rhythms of Bob Markley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer.
The idea that the ‘white man is evil’ has become less prominent in later Rastafarian thought, and the concept of Babylon has broadened to include all oppressive and corrupt systems of the worldÂ… [Also] under the influence of some articulate sistrenÂ… many brethren and Rasta camps have had to reevaluate their patriarchal view of sexuality.
So while Rastafarian beliefs and practices are influenced by such Africanisms in Jamaican culture, Rastafari’s rise and ethos are driven by social, economic, and political forces in the region.
www.equip.org /free/DR500.htm   (1647 words)

 USATODAY.com - Bob Marley brings Ethiopians and Rastafarians together   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
But as Ethiopia welcomes hundreds of thousands of revelers for a month of festivities starting Tuesday in honor of the Jamaican reggae legend, many here view Rastafarians — some of whom settled in Ethiopia because they could worship the nation's last emperor — with deep suspicion.
Rastafarians worshipped Ethiopia's last emperor — Haile Selassie, who died in 1975 —; as their living god, a belief based on a 1920 prophecy by Jamaican civil rights leader Marcus Garvey that a fl man would be crowned king in Africa.
On Friday, Rita Marley said she was determined to honor her husband's wish for burial in Ethiopia, but she did not say when the body might be moved from Jamaica.
www.usatoday.com /life/people/2005-02-01-marley-ethiopia-concert_x.htm   (769 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)

 Rasta and Marijuana
Rastafarians use it as a part of a religious rite and as a means of getting closer to their inner spiritual self, Jah (God) and Creation.
Ganja is also seen by Rastafarians as the herb of life mentioned in the Bible.
Rastafarians use of ganja is justified by the following Psalms 104:14 that says, "He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle and herb for the service of man, that he may bring forth food out of the earth." Rastafarians also say it was found growing at the grave of King Solomon in the Bible.
www.swagga.com /ganga.htm   (760 words)

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