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Rastafarian In The Bible

God Taught Rastafari How To Embrace Life: A blog about cultural hinduism and how the rastafarian movement was started.

Rastafari is a religious movement that originated in Jamaica. Rastafari is based on the idea that Haile Selassie I was a messiah and God, and that he will return as the emperor of Ethiopia in order to lead black people back to Africa. In this article you’ll see what do rastafarians believe.

The movement is named after its founder, Ras Tafari Makonnen, who became Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia in 1930. Ras Tafari was known as Ras Makonnen while he was still living in Ethiopia, but this name was changed by his followers when they moved to Jamaica.

The movement’s focus on Haile Selassie has been criticized by some historians as a form of idolatry. However, many Rastas argue that it is not wrong to worship Haile Selassie because he is God incarnate and therefore deserving of worship. This article also discusses Rastafarian prayer.

Rastafarian In The Bible

Originally founded in the 1930s in Jamaica, Rastafari (also spelled Ras Tafari) is a religious and political movement that combines Protestant Christianity, mysticism, and a pan-African political consciousness.

Members of the movement, known as Rastas, have a unique perspective on their history, the present, and the future. People of African descent in the Americas and around the world are “understood” (rather than understood) as “exiles in Babylon,” a reference to the biblical story of the Hebrews’ exile from Egypt. Slavery, economic inequality, and racial “downpression” are seen by them as tests from Jah (God) (rather than oppression). Rastafarians hope to be freed from oppression and allowed to return to Zion (a biblical term for Africa) in the New Testament book of Revelation. One objective of the movement is the return of Africans to Ethiopia, the site of a former dynastic power and the spiritual center of Jah. It is widely held among Rastafarians that His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I, the Ethiopian emperor who ascended to the throne in 1930, is the Second Coming of Christ who has come to redeem all people of African descent. It was the precoronation name of the Emperor, Ras Tafari, that inspired the name of the movement.

African slaves brought to Jamaica by European missionaries read the King James Bible to the island’s indigenous population and converted them to Christianity. Since English slave owners promoted incorrect readings of the Bible in order to better control slaves, Rastas believe that the King James Version is a corrupted account of the true word of God. Rastafarians put their faith in a mystical self-awareness with Jah, known as “I-and-I,” which they believe will lead them to the truths hidden in the Bible. Rastas read the Bible selectively, focusing on the parts that prescribe rituals of prayer and meditation and that advise against cutting hair and beards and eating certain foods. Many Rasta men uphold patriarchal values based on their reading of the Old Testament, and the movement is often accused of sexism by both insiders and outsiders. Many Rastafarians speak in a dialect known as “Iyaric,” also called “Dread-talk,” in which the letter “I” is used to represent the sound of other letters.

Long hair is worn in its natural, uncombed state, the colors red, green, gold, and black are worn (representing the vitality of blood, herbs, royalty, and Africanness, respectively), and a diet of “I-tal” (natural, vegetarian) foods is adhered to as part of the Rastafari “livity,” or principle of balanced lifestyle. Prayers, smoking ganja (marijuana) for more profound “itation” (meditation) with Jah, and “bingis” are all examples of religious rituals (all-night drumming ceremonies). Bob Marley, a Jamaican singer and songwriter, took reggae music from its roots in the Rastafari movement and made it a global phenomenon.

What Do Rastafarians Believe

Some of the most fundamental Rastafarian beliefs are outlined below. Other norms and assumptions are presented in subsequent articles.

Rastafarians hold that King H.I.M. Emperor Haile Selassie I was a physical manifestation of the spirit of God.
Jesus, according to Rastafarian theology, was a black descendant of King David.
Rastafarians have long held the view that the Ethiopian Solomonic Dynasty is a direct representation of King David.
Rastafarians hold the view that they are descendants of the original Lost Tribes of Israel, who were dispersed after the fall of the Babylonian Empire and reassembled by Emperor Haile Selassie I.
Rastafarians have faith that God will eventually bring them back to Zion (Rastafarians refer to Ethiopia as Zion).
Rastafarians hold the firm belief that Ethiopia is the Promised Land and the closest thing to Heaven on Earth.
They were taken as slaves from the land of promise (Ethiopia/Zion) by the white man and brought to Babylon. Please be aware that some Rastafarians will refer to white people as “pink people.”

Rastafarian Prayer

Rastafari rituals typically involve chanting, prayer, and meditation. By connecting with Jah in meditation, they are able to discern which parts of the Bible are accurate and which parts have been omitted from the Babylon translations. As part of their religious practice, Rastafarians practice “head resting with Jah,” a form of meditation. It’s a method for deciphering the “book within,” or one’s own soul, which contains sacred texts. Every meeting we have begins and ends with prayer. The spiritual experiences gained from prayer and meditation are amplified by the use of ganja. After smoking a spliff or chillum pipe, Rastafarians enter a meditative state. When smoking ganja, one recites the following prayer: “Glory be to the Father and to the maker of creation As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be World without end: Jah Rastafari: Eternal God Selassie I.” Haile Selassie is petitioned on a daily basis with the following prayer: “So we hail our God, Selassie I, Eternal God, Ras Tafari, hear us and help us and cause Thy face to shine upon us, Thy children.” When women pray, they cover their hair.

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