'Nother Description of RastafarI

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  1. CanuckRasta

    CanuckRasta Rastaman

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    Rastafarianism is considered to be a movement but is also known as a
    religion. Rastafarianism started at the beginning of time, but was
    stolen and hidden by the Philistine, Babylonians and the Romans from
    the Israelites or Jews. Blacks or Africans are considered to be the
    true descendents from both Northern Israel and Southern Judah. The
    movement was preserved by the slaves from northeast side of Africa,
    who was considered to be one of the most rebellious slaves of all.
    These slaves where taken from Ethiopia and brought to the island
    that is known as Jamaica. After the slaves gain independence in
    Jamaica, many of them were left below the poverty line. Out of this
    hardship came compassion, Native born Jamaican Marcus Mosiah Garvey
    was the icon for blacks in Jamaica and around the world. Marcus
    Mosiah Garvey prophesize that a Great King shall be crowned in the
    east, which was, the "King of Kings, Lord of Lords, conquering Lion
    of the tribe of Judah," Emperor Haile Selassie, Jah Rastafari, the
    righteous King of Ethiopia. Part from Selassie and Marcus, Prince/
    Priest Charles Edwards Emmanuel who was the founder of the
    Nyahbinghi makes up the holy divine trinity in the Rasta faith
    (Prophet, Priest and King). The main factors in the Rastafari faith
    are the Holy Trinity, Bobo Ashanti rituals and Rasta music.

    I. The Holy Trinity

    a) Haile Selassie Jah Rastafar I (King of the Jews), the
    righteous King of Ethiopia aka the "Lord of Lords, King of Kings,
    conquering lion of the tribe of Judah". Haile Selassie Means "Might
    of the Trinity". Jah Rastafar I stand for "God Head Creator", Jah
    means God in Hebrew, Ras means Head and Prince, and Tafari means
    creator. Selassie is considered to be "Jah in Flesh" in the Rasta
    Faith. Tafari is the name Selassie was titled after his coronation
    in Addis Ababa the capital of Ethiopia. Selassie lineage proceeded,
    King David, Solomon and Melchizedek which is the ancient King
    lineage of the Israelites or Jews. Ethiopia is considered Zion or
    the true Jerusalem after the exodus from Egypt. (In the Rastafarian
    faith, Blacks is considered to be the true Israelites and was
    bamboozled by the Babylonians in believing otherwise.)
    b) Marcus Mosiah Garvey (Prophet Moses) was a publisher,
    journalist, entrepreneur and a black nationalist who founded the
    UNIA-ACL. Garvey is considered to be one of the most dominant
    prophets in the Rasta Movement. He prophesize and constructed the
    Black Star Liner, which was a tool for blacks to repatriate back to
    Africa and build up their own foundation that was stagnated by
    slavery and civil war and he also prophesize the coming of the King
    in the east.
    c) Prince and Priest Charles Edwards Emanuel (Je-sus Christ in
    flesh) is considered to be the Great Shepard or the returned Messiah
    in the Rastafarian faith. Emmanuel was the founder of the Bobo
    Ashanti Rastafarians spiritual order (Nyahbinghi order). And gather
    several individuals who followed him and build Bobo Hill or
    Jerusalem School Room (The Kingdom of Jah). Bobohill is similar to
    Indian reservation except Bobo Hill is much more respected and is on
    one of the Biggest Mountains in Jamaica. (There are only four
    Bobohills which our located in Jamaica, Ethiopia, Ghana and Miami).

    II. Rituals
    a) Rastafarians are not allowed to shave any hair from no part
    of there body, especially the head and face, this goes for both
    males and females. The ritual was given by Moses to the Israelites,
    Leviticus 19:27 ye shall not round the corners of your heads;
    neither shall thou mar the corners of thy beard. Rastafarians wear
    their hair in long rooted locks (dreadlocks is the term none
    Rastafarians used but is considered an insult to a Rasta).
    b) Rastafarians holy ceremony is on Saturday which is known as
    the Sabbath day ( the day of rest to give full devotion to the Most
    High Jah Rastafar I)
    c) Rastafarians wear turbans and robes as their religious
    apparel. Rastafarians wear white turbans and robes on the Sabbath
    to signify pureness and cleanliness. The turbans and robes is a
    Prince Emmanuel rule of the Nyahbinghi and it was also a ritual the
    Israelites practice.
    d) The Bible was first manifested in the east written as a
    scroll, and the oldest version of the bible is in Ethiopia which is
    written in the ancient Ethiopia Language which is Amharic, this
    version of the Bible is call the Kebra Negast or "the glory of the
    kings". Rastafarians who don't speak Amharic read the King James
    Version and interrupted certain terms into Rastafarian terms (ex:
    Jesus Christ is refer to Je-sus Christ to refer to the Black Christ
    of Nazareth Prince Emmanuel, and God is refer to as Jah to refer to
    Haile Selassie, God in flesh).
    e) Rastafarians practice the eating regiment "I-Tal." Ital was
    taken from the word vital, the letter I is very significant in the
    Rasta faith, the letter I signify oneness between all Rastafarians
    and Jah. The Ital diet does not consist of meat, dairy products,
    fruit that grow from vines (especial grapes) or even salt. Rasta
    consumes all natural veggies, gains, legumes and herbs. Ital is
    also refers to Rasta medicine practice, which is strictly herbal
    (Western medicine is not advocated by the Rastafarians).
    f) Repatriation is one of the biggest tasks of the Rastafarian
    faith especially to those who don't live in Ethiopia. Ethiopia,
    Africa is similar to Muslims and Mecca. Ethiopia is the home of
    Rastafarians father, Haile Selassie and his children must return and
    fulfill his works ("Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all
    the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Most High
    Jah forever." Psalm 23-9)


    III. Rastafarian Music
    a) Rastafarian Spiritual Music is known as Nyahbinghi which
    consist of three drums, two small ones and one big one. The small
    drums are called the "Kete" drums and the big drum is called the
    bass drum or "Thunder Drum". The Nyahbinghi Music is played during
    the Sabbath. The Nyahbinghi is a constant beat that mimics the
    heart beat at a very slow pace and can refer to the words "Do…
    Good". Nyahbinghi is considered to be the first music of the earth
    and is good for the heart, soul and mind.
    b) One of the mainstream influences that Rastafarianism has
    made is known as the music Reggae which means "poor or suffering
    people Music". Reggae was created from Jamaican Ska. Reggae music
    was used as a vehicle to teach Rasta principles, but not all Reggae
    artists are Rastafarians and teach Rasta beliefs. (Ex: "I'm a Lion
    from mount Zion" Bob Marley and "The King in the east shall set me
    free" Peter Tosh). Bob Marley was one of the most famous
    Rastafarian roots reggae artists that ever played during the 70's.
    Reggae music is now split into two forms of music which is "roots"
    and "dancehall". Dancehall Music is a mixture of roots reggae and
    hip hop. Dancehall is another form of music that teaches Rastas
    concepts (ex: "More fire pon Babylon" Capleton and "Rastafari is my
    strength and hope" Sizzla Kalonji.

    Conclusion
    Rastafarianism is good for the mind, body and soul. Spiritual
    mediation is a must for all religions and shall be more profoundly
    practice in all religions (Psalm 1:2 "my delight is in the Law of
    the Most High Jah; and in His Law I meditate day and night."). With
    out the body or the temple being in good condition, one cannot live
    a prosperous life to the best Jah intended. And lastly the soul is
    eternal and shall not be tainted by any temptation. Rastafarianism
    basic arithmetic is good over evil, life over death, and right over
    wrong. There is so much stigma and mockery towards Rastas, Jamaica,
    Africa and Black People in general, but 400 yrs and plus
    of "downpression" from the "white race" has paralysis the minds of
    most of us for generations, and Rastafarianism is our true identity,
    royalty, spirituality and the ancient monarchy of the "Black Race"
    and honor was first created in the east and Jah works must prevail.

    Holy Emmanuel I, Selassie I, Jah Rastafar I, Jah Bless!
    CanuckRasta
    One Love

     
  2. truthseeker

    truthseeker New Member

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    There You Go, CanuckRasta ;)
    One Love.

    Thank You for bringing Rastafarianism out and giving us a better understanding.

    What is your take on unification of all religion?
     
  3. iBrian

    iBrian Peace, Love and Unity Staff Member

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    Thanks for the info - much appreciated. :)

    It does seem that from your description that part of Rastafarianism is less about seeking to go to a specific place (ie, repatriate in Ethiopia), and instead is a focus on seeking a sense of personal freedom. Does that make sense?
     
  4. CanuckRasta

    CanuckRasta Rastaman

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    Yes, Brian that makes alot of sense. Repartriation isn't happening very quickly - with the Shashamene issues and then the reelection of the Ethiopian government. Something is planned for next year I believe, wonder how many contacts I'm losing.

    By the way, with regards to this article, I am gonna have to throw a disclaimer on it. Seems its a very conservative perspective on Rastafari, not sure if the majority of the movement would agree.

    Hopefully all faiths can come together. CR and RF are examples of how this can be done thru the internet.

    One Love
    CanuckRasta
     
  5. Pathless

    Pathless Fiercely Interdependent

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    Awesome; thanks for the info, CanuckRasta. I'm currently trying to gather info on Rastafari (not Rastafarianism--learned today that this can be an insulting term to Rastas, who decry 'isms and schisms') for my interfaith radio show tomorrow. I'll be playing reggae music and discussing Rasta as well as other black power, roots movements. Your input here is very helpful and appreciated. Thanks, bro. :cool:
     
  6. CanuckRasta

    CanuckRasta Rastaman

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    Greetings I,

    You are very welcome, Pathless. Hope the radio show went well. Contact me if you need anything else.

    Fiyah bu'n dem ism-skism!!

    RasTafarI!!!

    Lij Marques Benjamin
     

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