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"Designer" Rastas: Diversity & Gender in Rastafari

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Julie Jenkins

on 3 March 2016

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Transcript of "Designer" Rastas: Diversity & Gender in Rastafari

"Designer" Rastas: Diversity & Gender in Rastafari
polycaphelous, authoritative individuality
--reasoning balances individuality as people try to gain consciousness and consensus
--"man free"
Nyahbingi
12 Tribes of Israel
Bobo Shanti
Ethiopian Zion Coptic?
Tension about symbols in delineating identification
--need to maintain group boundaries in various social/historical moments
Drawn together by
--Ethiopianism, biblicism, anti-colonialism, I n I consciousness
--common sense of evil and common sense of identity/solidarity
Why might some Rasta and others reason that inclusion of the middle-class neutralizes the Rasta critique of Babylon? How might it disempower the symbolic strategies used to articulate livity in contrast to Babylon?
what is ital chic? How does it reinforce class hierarchies?
Why was the death of Haile Selassi I and Marley significant within Rastafari?
What kinds of debates have occurred about the relationship between genders? How is biblical interpretations used to reinforce certain hierarchies in specific historical moments?
Is polygyny advantageous or disempowering for women?
Jah live! children yeah!
Jah-Jah live! children yeah
Jah live! children yeah!
Jah-Jah live! children yeah

The truth is an offense but not a sin!
Is he who laugh last, children! is he who win
Is a foolish dog bark at a flying bird!
One sheep must learn, children! to respect the sheperd!

Jah live! children yeah!
Jah-Jah live! children yeah
Jah live! children yeah
Jah-Jah live! children yeah, Jah!

Fools sayin' in their heart
Rasta your God is dead
But I and I know Jah! Jah!
Dreaded it shall be dreaded and dread

Jah live! children yeah!
Jah-Jah live! children yeah
Jah live! children yeah
Jah-Jah live! children yeah

Let Jah a-rise!
Now that the enemies are scattered
Let Jah a-rise!
The enemies, the enemies are scattered

Jah live! children yeah!
Jah-Jah live! children yeah
Jah live! children yeah
Jah-Jah live!
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