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 (Ibid, pp. 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" (Rastaman: The Rastafarian Movement in England, Ernest Cashmore, pp. As the Magical Blend states, "When Selassie died in 1975, his divinity did not die with him.
According to current belief, the Ras Tafari lives on through individual Rastafarians" (June/July 1994, p. 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 (The Perennial Dictionary of World Religions, p. It has also experienced some fragmentation since the death of Selassie.
In the early 1920's, Garvey was an influential black spokesman and founder of the "back-to-Africa" movement.
He often spoke of the redemption of his people as coming from a future black African king (Magical Blend, June/July 1994, p. On one occasion, Garvey proclaimed, "Look to Africa for the crowning of a Black King, he shall be the Redeemer" (The Rastafarians, p. Only a few years later that prediction would be fulfilled in the person of Ethiopia's king, Haile Selassie.
Followers started to worship Selassie, who died in 1975, as a type of messiah, in light of a 1920 prophecy by Jamaican civil rights leader Marcus Garvey that a black man would be crowned king in Africa.
Roughly a 10th of Jamaicans are Rastafarians, many of whom also take literally a biblical verse in the book of Leviticus that instructs against taking a razor to one's head.
It is necessary, therefore, to interpret the Bible as critically as possible and recognize the aspects of it which might have been flushed out, included or altered in meaning." Further, they prefer an allegorical approach to Bible interpretation claiming that the pages of Scripture should be searched for "hidden meanings and directives" (Rastaman, p. 3) A physical feature that sets the Rastafarians apart from all other groups is the wearing of their hair in dreadlocks. 3) While it is true that the Bible does have meanings on various levels of interpretation, it is not a concealed book.
On November 2, 1930, Ras Tafari Makonnen was crowned king of Ethiopia.Made famous around the world by Bob Marley's reggae songs, the Rasta culture emphasises human dignity and self-respect."Rastafarians have been a very conservative group so modelling and pageants have been considered Babylonian to some extent," Redwood said.Rastafari is a young, Africa-centred religion which developed in Jamaica in the 1930s, following the coronation of Haile Selassie I as King of Ethiopia in 1930.Rastafarians believe Haile Selassie is God, and that he will return to Africa members of the black community who are living in exile as the result of colonisation and the slave trade.In 1960 this anticipated move seemed potentially possible.With the help of the Jamaican government, a delegation of Rastafarians set out on a mission to Africa.In the Miss Universe 2007 line-ups, Redwood's twisty black dreadlocks, often massed into a huge bun, stand out from the lacquered manes of the other contestants."For the final I'm still not sure what style I will go with. Smoking marijuana, known in Jamaica as ganja, is a sacred rite for many Rastas, but Redwood said she does not smoke it. If you wish to know more check out the Rastafarian forum Founder: Marcus Garvey's philosophy is credited as the beginning point.Founding Date: 1930 Official Publication: None Organization Structure: No official church buildings or leaders. Unique Terms: Babylon is Jamaica or the establishment.