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Savannah Wilson

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Transcript of Rastafari

Rastafarian Beliefs Do the "Rastas" consider Rastafari a religion or a way of life? Rastafari is not a highly organized religion; it is more like a movement. Many Rastas say that it is not a "religion" at all, but a "Way of Life". Most Rastas do not claim any sect or denomination, and encourage one another to find faith and inspiration within themselves. THE BIG QUESTION:
Question 1:
How widely spread is it practiced? The rastafarian movement has spread thoughout most of the world since the early 1920's and 1930's. It originates from old African traditions. Haile Selassie I was the Emperor of Ethiopia and he is believed to be the reincarnation of Jah (Jehovah). It is inspired by reggae music. And in just 1997 about 1 million Rastafarians worldwide. Many Rastafari do not belong to any sect and the movement is loosely defined and organized Genesis 1.11 "And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and so it was." Psalms 104:14 "He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man." Psalms 104:14 "He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man." Question 2:
What is it's big teaching in life Rastafarians worship singluar Gods and is what they call Jah. Living in harmony and tranquillity is basically the main idea. Being connencted with nature and accordance with the Earth. They believe that Jah lives with them on earth in a holy spirit form. They have no temples because they consider their bodies to be their own true temple of God and need no physical building to worship from. Question 3:
How does Marijuana smoking infulence their beliefs and religion? Smoking "cannabis" or "Ganjah" is considered a spiritual act. They believe it cleanses the soul and the body and heals the mind, brings pleasure, relieves consciousness, and brings peace. They also say it brings them closer to Jah. It is also referred to the healing of their nation. They are not suprised its illegal because it is a powerful substance. However it is not like other drugs and alcohol which they feel destroy the body and mind. Its important to them because to them it holds biblical sanction. It is widely believed that it can bring revelation and inspiration to those who smoke it. The Rastas love for nature has come from old African culture. In late 1800's to early 1900's thousands of Indian servants were brought to Jamaica and because of this Hinduism had an impact on the Jamaican people because they had a similar outlook on nature and in terms of faith healings and herbal medicine that it sparked their interest in the Hindu philosophy. The Rastas like that Hindus believe in the power or reincarnation and Comparing POV Hinduism Christianity Rastafarians ideas of Jesus and God are different from the Christians. Christians believe that God is just God. Rastas believe that Haile Selassie is reincarnated living God. They also say he is the holy spirit in fleshThey also believe their God is black. As apposed to Jesus there is no set Rastafari study of God of who he really is but some say he is a black prophet and some call him "Eyesos Christos" latin term for Christ. Not only that but Rastas believe in their you go to Heaven which will be the new Eden. Christians believe in physical resurrection and those who believe will be with Jesus forever. Key Features:
Many Rastas physical appearance is what makes them so interesting. Dreadlocks are very much apart of the movement. Many wear this hair style because it is in many parts of the bible. Many wear their dreads as a symbol of pride of their identity. Also the colors green, red and gold are worn consistently on clothes, badges, beanies and posters. Red is said to signify the blood of Black Jamaican martyrs, green the lushness of the Ethiopan and/or Jamaican countryside, and gold the wealth of Africa. Music is also a huge part of their existence. The most famous Rastafarian was the reggae singer BOB MARLEY. Niyabinghi chants include drumming chanting and dancing. This is what Marley put in his music that made international consciousness in the 1970's Conclusion: Rastafarians are not just about smoking weed, dancing and singing reggae music. The Rastas choose this life for its beauty of the planet, peace on earth, and tranquillity and harmony individually.
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