THE RASTAFARIAN MOVEMENT
In recent times we have seen quite a few self proclaimed “Rastas” walking
around most of which are as I like to call them “Fashion Dreads” and there
is nothing wrong with that (for the most part). Some of them DO follow the
principles however and yet the majority of them don’t. So what exactly
does it mean to be a true Rastafarian ?? Find out after the jump.
ORIGINS OF THE RASTAMAN
The Rastafarin movement, or Rasta, is a spiritual movement which arose here in Jamaica in the 1930s, a country with a predominantly Christian. Most of its followers worship Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia (ruled 1930–1974), as God incarnate, the Second Advent, or the reincarnation of Jesus. Members of the Rastafari movement are known as Rastas, or Rastafari.
The name Rastafari is taken from Ras Tafari, the pre-regnal title of Haile Selassie I, composed of Amharic Ras (literally “Head”, an Ethiopian title equivalent to Duke), and Haile Selassie’s pre-regnal given name, Tafari. Rastafari are generally distinguished for asserting the doctrine that Haile Selassie I, the former and final Emperor of Ethiopia, is another incarnation of the Christian God, called Jah. Most see Haile Selassie I as Jah or Jah Rastafari, who is the second coming of Jesus Christ onto the Earth, but to others he is simply God’s chosen king on earth.
THE RASTA COLORS
THE WAY OF THE RASTA
Many Rastas eat limited types of meat in accordance with the dietary Laws of the Old Testament; they do not eat shellfish or pork. Others abstain from all meat and flesh whatsoever, asserting that to touch meat is to touch death, and is therefore a violation of the Nazirite vow. Many Rastafari maintain a vegan or vegetarian diet all of the time. Food approved for Rastafari is generally referred to as Ital or Natural. The purpose of fasting (abstaining from meat and dairy) is to cleanse the body in accordance to serving in the presence of the “Ark of the Covenant”.
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