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Transcript of Rastafarianism
Influenced heavily by the beliefs of Christianity and Judaism
Worship a Judeo-Christian deity called
which is another name for Haile Selassie.
Rastas believe that some aspects of the Holy Bible are sacred but the rest of the Holy Bible has been greatly changed to represent the white power structure.
Rastas typically believe in the humanity of God, focusing on the idea that God manifests through man and that God -- or Jah -- is within everyone.
These ideals included the belief that black people -- sometimes viewed as God's chosen people, or as superior to whites -- were Israelis reincarnated.
The modern Rastafarian belief system differs greatly from early Rastafarian beliefs, with less focus on race and more focus on spirituality. Although most contemporary Rastafarians do not adhere to the extreme racial beliefs of their predecessors, the philosophy often emphasizes the beauty and strength of African heritage.
"Haile Selassie I (1892–1975) was the Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974. Rastafarians say that he will lead the righteous into creating a perfect world called Zion – the ultimate paradise for Rastafari." Rastafarians believe that he is an incarnation of god, Jesus Christ.
Influenced by African religious tradition and biblical themes
Marcus Garvey (founder)
Heaven and Hell
To them Jamaica represents Hell and Ethiopia is the promised land making it Heaven on earth. They claim that the Ethiopian emperor would lead the Jamaicans to their return in Ethiopia, the cradle of life. "Some Rastas believed that blacks would rule the world under Selassie, enlisting whites as slaves." Even though they believe that Jamaica represents hell, There is no afterlife or hell as Christianity believes. Rasta's believe that Jah will send the signal and help the blacks exodus back to Ethiopian, their homeland.
Since there is no formal funeral or ritual to mark the death of someone, most Rastafarians believe that reincarnation follows death and that life is eternal.
True Rastas are believed to be spiritually and physically immortal
You wouldn't know you had been incarnated unless someone trustworthy told you.
Believe in Karma
Karma particles attach to the jiva (soul)
Rastas do not credit Jah with Karma, they believe it is a force of nature
Views on Death and Dying
Rastafarians believe in the physical immortality as a major concept within their religion.
They believe that life is everliving and not everlasting because everlasting suggests that there is some end in the future in the word last.
They believe that after their god has called upon the Day of Judgment, Rastafarians will then go to Mount Zion in Africa and live forever in eternal freedom, so there is no afterlife, just heaven on earth.
Afrocentrism - ideology that Ethiopia is where heaven will be created.
Rastas have a very strict, vegan-like diet called
, which they eat natural foods that are healthy. Rastas believe eating meat is eating “flesh”, and that just can’t be a good thing.
A lot of Rastas have dreadlocks because they believe your hair should grow long and naturally and it's not to be messed with.
They have a unique language, where "I" can mean "I", "me", "you", or basically any pronoun.
The Rasta "colors" are red, green, black and yellow, each color having a meaning
Origins of Rastafarianism are widely debated
Ethiopia - adherents worship Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia
Caribbean - origin reflects religion of plantation preachers