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Rastafarian culture in Jamaica

Rasta also Rastafarian or Rastafari is a religious and social movement that begun in Jamaica in the 1930s and has continued growing globally.

The Rastas have no central authority control. They see their past, present and future in an apparent way.

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The movements ways of living draw back in the old Testament stories. First in all they believe in one God the Almighty whom they refer to as Jah.

Rastafarians highly respect Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I who started the movement since the 1930s and 1974. Selassie is highly respected by the movements followers who see him as the second coming of Jesus and Jah’s incarnate who came back to redeem black people.

Others regard Selassie as human prophet who foresaw and recognized Jah’s presence in everyone.

The Afrocentric movement purely focuses and understands African people whom they believe are exiles from Babylon.

Rastas also believe that they are being tested by Jah through the oppression caused by the western society.

Drawing back from the Bible in the book of revelation, Rastafari’s believe in deliverance from captivity and return back to their promised land or ”Zion”.

Rastas attend communal meetings called groundations where they get to listen to music, chant, discuss, and smoke marijuana or ganja.

Rastas believe that when they smoke cannabis they increase awareness. They also consider it a spiritual ritual and a sacrament with beneficial properties.

The movements ‘livity’ or rather the principal of balanced lifestyle involve adhering to ital dietary, wearing their hair in dreadlocks and dressing in the colours of red, green, gold, and black. The colours symbolize the life force of blood, herbs, royalty, and Africanness.

The Rastafari’s invented the reggae music which has since become popular world wide thanks to legendary singer Bob Marley.

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Marley achieved this by unabashedly referencing his beliefs in his songs appealing themes of brotherhood, oppression and redemption.

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