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Rastafari

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Tyler Provoe

on 16 April 2010

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Double click anywhere & add an idea Rastafari Why is marijuana used for medical use in America, but when its someones religion they are not allowed to? Why is Rastafari not an American Culture? I choosed this topic because I have always been curious with the way of life in Jamaica and finding out that smoking marijuana to Rasfarians is a spirutal thing really interests me. Although Rastafari does exsist in America, it is not a popular culture. What I think why is because they cannot do all their practices. For instance, smoking marijuana, for some religions in America they can legally take Shrooms if it is their religion, but Rastafarians can't legally smoke marijuana even though it is to them their "holy herb". There really is no answer to this but that America, does not really respect their religion. Leonard Howell emerged as an early leader of the movement. He taught six fundamental Rastafarian principles: (1) hatred for the White race; (2) the complete superiority of the Black race; (3) revenge on Whites for their wickedness; (4) the negation, persecution, and humiliation of the government and legal bodies of Jamaica; (5) preparation to go back to Africa; and (6) acknowledging Emperor Haile Selassie as the Supreme Being and only ruler of Black people. Many of these principles were subsequently abandoned as the Rastafarian movement developed. One of the most visible practices of Rastafarians is the wearing of one's hair in dreadlocks. Dreadlocks have several purposes and layers of meaning for Rastafarians, including:

•the biblical command not to cut one's hair
•the appearance of the lion's mane, representing strength, Africa, Ethiopia, and the Lion of Judah
•naturalness and simplicity, which are associated with Africa
•the Rasta's roots in Africa Rastafarians believe in the Judeo-Christian God, whom they call Jah. In general, Rastafarian beliefs are based in Judaism and Christianity, with an emphasis on Old Testament laws and prophecies and the Book of Revelation. Allegorical meaning is often sought in the Holy Piby. Bob Marley became a Rastafari around 1966. He grew dreadlocks, adopted marijuana as a sacred sacrament, and is said to have begun every performance proclaiming the divinity of Jah Rastafari. His immense popularity as a musician brought both reggae and Rasta to international attention. Reggae music is intimately connected to Rastafari and its lyrics often speak of oppression, poverty, slavery, apartheid and human rights. The Rastafarian movement began with the teachings of Marcus Garvey, a black Jamaican who led a "Back to Africa" movement. He taught that Africans are the true Israelites and have been exiled to Jamaica and other parts of the world as divine punishment. Rastafarians are perhaps best known for their religious use of marijuana, which grows plentifully in Jamaica. Rastas know it as ganja, the holy herb, Iley or callie, and believe it was given by God. Scriptural support is found especially in Psalm 104:14: "He causeth the grass for the cattle and herb for the service of man." Other texts interpreted to refer to cannibis include Genesis 3:18, Exodus 10:12, and Proverbs 15:17. In addition to ritual use, Rastas also use marijuana for medicinal purposes, applying it to a variety of ailments including colds The most observant Rastas follow a dietary law called Ital. Ital food is food which is completely natural (not canned and free of chemicals and preservatives) and eaten as raw as possible. Old Testament prohibitions against pork and shellfish are part of Ital; most Rastafarians are vegatarians or vegans. Coffee and milk are also rejected as unnatural. The most observant Rastas follow a dietary law called Ital. Ital food is food which is completely natural and eaten as raw as possible. Old Testament prohibitions against pork and shellfish are part of Ital; most Rastafarians are vegatarians or vegans. Coffee and milk are also rejected as unnatural.

Rastafarians reject the use of alcohol, since it is a fermented chemical that does not belong in the temple of the body and it makes a person stupid, thereby playing into the hands of white leaders. This is contrasted with the holy herb of marijuana, which is natural and believed by Rastas to open their mind and assist in reasoning
I have learned a lot about this culture. I have always loved Bob Marley's music and never knew what his religion was till I researched this. There is so much more to this and what Bob Marley did for this religion. http://www.religionfacts.com/a-z-religion-index/rastafarianism.htm

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