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Rasta Knowledge

topic posted Tue, January 27, 2004 - 2:02 PM by  Metaphysics
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Rastafari is a movement of Black people who know Africa as the birthplace of Mankind and the throne of Emperor

Haile Selassie I -- a 20th Century Manifestation of God who has lighted our pathway towards righteousness, and is therefore worthy of reverence.

The Rastafari movement grew out of the the descendants of African slaves in Jamaica on Kingston's waterfront. Out of tropic arose a sentiment so pure, so without anger, so full of love, the Philosophy of the Rastafari faith. Freedom of Spirit, Freedom from Slavery, and Freedom of Africa, was its cry.

Rasta, as it is more commonly called, has its roots in the teachings of Jamaican black nationalist Marcus Garvey, who in the 1930s preached a message of black self empowerment, and initiated the "Back to Africa" movement. Which called for all blacks to return to their ancestral home, and more specifically Ethiopia.

Rastafarians live a peaceful life, needing little material possessions and devote much time to contemplating the scriptures. They reject the white man's world, as the new age Babylon of greed and dishonesty. Proud and confident Rastas even though they are humble will stand up for their rights. Rastas let their hair grow natually into dreadlocks, in the image of the lion of Judah. Six out of ten Jamaicans are believed to be Rastafarians or Rastafarian sympathizers. The total following is believed to be over 1000 000 worldwide.

Celebrations

Janurary 6th - Usually when rastas celebrate christmas
July 23rd - Birithday of HIM King Selassie I.
August 17th - Birthday of Marcus Garvey
November 2nd - Anniversary of the crowning of HIM. One of the holiest day of the rastafarian year celebrates Haile Salessie's accession to Ithiopian Throne.


Rastafarian Cuisine

The true rasta eats only I-tal food. This is special food that never touches chemicals or is natural and not in cans. This food is cooked but served as raw as possible w/out salts, preservatives or condiments. Many rastas are therefore vegetarians. Those who eat meat are forbidden to eat pig because they are the scavengers of the earth. Fish is a staple I-tal food, however not crabs, lobster, and strimp for these are scavengers of the sea. The fish they eat must be small, not more than twelve inches long.

Drinking preferences rest with anything that is herbal, such as tea. Liquor, milk, coffee, and soft drinks are viewed as unnatural. A point of reference for their choice of eating comes from the book of Genesis according to rastafarians. Jah mentioned everything except eating meat in the bible. There is also the Commandment "Thou shall not kill" This is found in the book of Exodus Chapter 20. Us feel as if there is no real need to kill as we (men) were given ownership over everything on earth.

The Significance of Marijuana

It is very likely to see Rastafarians smoking "sensemenia" Rastafarian ganja, or better known to non-rastas as marijuana is used for religious purposes for the rastafarians. They find it's use written in the Bible in Psalms 104:14 "He causeth the grass for the cattle and herb for the service of man" The use of this herb is very extensive among the Rastas not only for spiritual purposes as in their Nyabingi Celebration but also for medicinal purposes for colds and such.

Rasta Knowledge

-Haile Selassie is the Living God

-The Black person is the reincarnation of ancient Israel, who, at the hand of the white person, has been in exile in Jamaica.

-The White person is inferior to the Black person

The six basic beliefs that are identified as uniquely Rastafarian:

-The Jamaican situation is a hopeless hell; Ethiopia is heaven.

-The Invincible Emperor of Ethiopia is now arranging for expatriated persons of African origin to return to Ethiopia.

-In the near future Blacks shall rule the world.

The History of the Rastafarian Religion can be traced back to early African times. However the religion did not fully become a recognized religion until the presence of the Ethiopian King Haile Selassie. During the 1970's Ethiopia became known to America because of the dynasty that had ruled over it under the power of King Soloman and Queen Sheba. The presence of the US in Ethiopian affairs caused a revolution. On November 12, 1974 the monarchy of Ethiopia was destroyed and the Lion of Judah (Selassie) died a year later at the age of 83.

He had ruled for over half a century and had help Africans and Blacks around the world. It was this man that the Rastas believed was God. Although Selassie did not believe that he was God, the Rastas believed that one does not know he is God when he is on Earth, only in death will he be able to live as Jah. The death of Jah did not harm the beliefs of many Rastas, in fact, it made the religion grow even more.

This growth can be attributed to one man, Bob Marley. "An example of this reaction was seen in Bob Marley's behavior on his hearing that Haile Selassie was dead. It is reported that, during the recording session of his albulm "Rastaman Vibration", he suddenly introduced a new song which was not a part of the album entitled "Jah Lives".

It is said that he sang that song almost in a state of spiritual transformation. Ever since Marley became popular for his songs, Reggae and Rasta have growth in popularity. Just like when Jah died, Bob's death did not hurt the Rastas faith in their religion. This short piece of history shows that the religion is one that will not die out. Even in death, the religion lives on.
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