The Rastafarians

rastafarian flagJah Rastafari! Ever living, ever faithful, ever sure!

Hang around the rastafarians and you will sooner or later hear these words.

Rastafarian beliefs dictate this as one of the ways rastas give praise to their god incarnate, Haile Selasse.(see an interview with a rastaman).

To really understand what the rastafarians are all about, let’s take a brief look at their history.

The movement began back in the 1930′s in Kingston Jamaica under the inspiration and teachings of world renown Marcus Mosiah Garvey.

During a time of struggle, racism, “class-ism,” and discrimination against blacks, Garvey went about the business of teaching and enlightening blacks that to improve their condition, they must establish their own “world” back in Africa

On November 2, 1930, Ras Tafari Makonnen was crowned emperor of Ethiopia and took on the name Haile Selassie (Might of the Trinity)… plus additional titles including “Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah,” and “Elect of God and King of the Kings of Ethiopia.”.

rasta fari

This was when the rastafarians who had been listening to Marcus Garvey for a while, became convinced that he, Ras Tafari Makonnen, was the one… the African Messiah who had come and liberate all Africans from their oppressors.

This belief led to the birth of the rastafarian movement.

Leader Leonard Howell took control and led the group to initiate six fundamentals principles of rastafarian beliefs…

(1) Hatred for the Whites

(2) Superiority of the Black race

(3) Revenge on Whites for their wickedness

(4) Negation and humiliation of the government of Jamaica

(5) Preparation for repartriation to Africa

(6) The acknowledgement of Emperor Haile Selassie as the Supreme being and the only ruler of Black people.

rastafarian flag

These principles were eventually abandoned and the group left without a leader as Howell was arrested and thrown into prison. Meanwhile, Selassie made it clear to the movement that he was human and in no way divine. However, the rastafarians refused to abandon this belief.

Realizing that he was truly revered and that there was nothing he could do to change it, Selassie met with them in 1955 and gave them about 500 acres of his personal property as home for those who wished to return and live in Africa.

About 2,000 rastafarians took advantage of the opportunity and moved to Ethiopia…

…but when Selassie was yanked from power in 1974, imprisoned, and later killed, things changed.

The Ethiopians and their government refused to accept and support them…and the once thriving 2000 plus settlers, dwindled to a measly 250 plus…

locks dreads

On April 21, 1966, Selassie visited Jamaica. Many claimed to have seen evidence of divinity on him and converted to rastafarianism.”

That same day…after a prolonged period of drought, rain fell…which further convinced others to join the group. As a result, the rastafarians now celebrate April 21st as a sacred holiday.

While visiting, Selassie encouraged his followers to first liberate their own black brothers and sisters on the island, before they consider moving to Africa …thus was born the slogan:“liberation before repatriation”.

Selassie is now dead but the rastafarians believe that he is only gone into hiding to return again on the day of judgment.

In 1966, the famous Bob Marley converted to rasta fari, grew his dreads, adopted marijuana as a sacred sacrament, sang reggae music…and with his songs took rastafarianism to new heights.

locks dreads

As his music became more and more popular, Bob became somewhat of an ambassador for the group. His songs echoed allegiance to rastafarian roots and in many ways sang praises to the 2nd coming of the one and only, Jah Rasta fari(Selassie).

His messages of hope in the face of oppression, poverty, mental slavery, class struggle, and racism…rang loud and clear…as the rastafarian beliefs made headways into the hearts of many around the world.

Today, millions have joined the movement, and have pledged their allegiance to the rastafarian principles.

Rastafarian dreadlocks would eventually become a symbol of identity for everyone joining the movement.

Many rastafarians also wear the popular rastafarian Tam to cover their “locks” and have adopted “clean” eating habits…meaning – no pork…and in some cases no meat at all, no alcohol, and no salt (ital)…among others… (check out the Rastafarian diet here)…and rastafarian colors here

Today, rastafarian beliefs continue to spread it “wings” around the world…


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Stories Other Visitors Have Written…

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