The Jamaican Rastafari Faith – What Rastas Know, Not Believe

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The Jamaican Rastafari Faith – What Rastas Know, Not Believe Rasta Disclaimer & Terms of Use One of the most prominent and internationally famous aspects of Jamaican culture is the Rastafari movement. Rastafari is the worship of a singular God called Jah, originating from an increased consciousness and awareness of Africa and its political situation. Jamaican Rastafari, a minority belief system sometimes classified as Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity, is derived from wider Jamaican Christian culture, and based on teachings found in the Bible, especially the Book of Revelation. Because it is…

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Rastas, Reggae & Musical Meditation

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Rastas, Reggae & Musical Meditation Rasta Disclaimer & Terms of Use Reggae musician Bob Marley became famous for songs like “No Woman No Cry”, “Get Up, Stand Up” and “One Love”, spreading Jamaican music and culture around the world, as well as global awareness about the Rastafari movement. Marley introduced Rastafari musical meditation to his global community – incorporating chanting into his music, seen as a prophet or messiah by some fans – singing about love and redemption and natural beauty, even negotiating a ceasefire between two warring political parties!…

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How a Backpacking Traveler Became the 1st Jamaican Rasta

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How a Backpacking Traveler Became the 1st Jamaican Rasta Rasta Disclaimer & Terms of Use As Backpackers, we are all familiar with the personal growth that travel brings, and travel had quite the same effect on the very 1st Jamaican Rasta, Leonard Percival “Gong” Howell. Born to Anglican (Episcopal) parents in the hills of Clarendon in 1898, Leonard P. Howell left Jamaica at age 14 to live with relatives in New York, but by age 18 he was already leaving Panama to join the British Regiment during WW1. Two years…

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Dreadlocks, Cannabis & Natural Organic Food – 3 Cultural Traditions of Jamaican Rastas

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Dreadlocks, Cannabis & Natural Organic Food – 3 Cultural Traditions of Jamaican Rastas Rasta Disclaimer & Terms of Use Dreadlocks are very closely associated with the Rastafari movement, although many people who wear dreadlocks are not Rastas and many Rastas do not have dreadlocks. The association between Rastas and dreadlocks is so deep that the terms are used interchangeably – a Rasta can be referred to as a “dreadlocks” or “natty (natural) dread“. In previous generations, Rastas were not part of mainstream Jamaican society and no one would wear dreadlocks…

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A Simple Guide to Rastafari Sects & Ceremonies

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A Simple Guide to Rastafari Sects & Ceremonies Rasta Disclaimer & Terms of Use Rastafari is organized into three main sects, branches or orders, also referred to as Houses or Mansions, but many Rastafari do not belong to any sect. All three houses agree on basic Rastafari philosophy and principles like black pride and the divinity of Haile Selassie. The three Mansions of Rastafari are the “Nyahbinghi Order”, “Bobo Shanti” and the “Twelve Tribes of Israel”. Nyahbinghi means “Black Victory” and is name of the First House or Mansion of…

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