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#1 RastaforChrist

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Posted June 30 2009 - 09:17 PM

Alright. I've been harassed before on Hipfourms for many things, including my beliefs. So I'm going to state what I believe in and what I don't now to clear this up for everyone. Agree, disagree, comment, go ahead. I'm just making this public.

BELIEFS:

Jesus Christ is the only God.
He came to earth, suffered, and died on the Cross.
He died for us and our sins so we could be with Him in heaven when we die.
He rose again 3 days later.
Smoking marijuana is the healing of the nation.
Alcohol is the destruction of the nation.
The entire Holy Bible is true down to the punctuation marks.
Both Israel and Africa are Holy Lands.
You must be a Christian to go to Heaven.
You can be white and be a Rastafarian.
You don't have to dread your hair or smoke herb to be Rastafarian.
Rastafari is a way of life, not a religion.

WHAT I DON'T BELIEVE IN:

I don't believe Haile Selassie I was any type of god-like figure at all.
I don't believe that you have to be African to be Rastafari.
I don't believe that you have to smoke herb or get dreadlocks to be Rastafari.
I don't believe you ever have to listen to Reggae to be Rastafari.
I don't believe that any present day figure is a prophet worthy of being holy.
I don't believe that you have to eat the Ital diet to be Rastafari.
I don't believe you have to be what people say 'true rasta' is to be Rastafari.

I'm sorry if that offends some of you who may remember me from my old profile. That's who I am. And if you say I'm just a fanatical Christian who wants to live in Jamaica and smoke ganja, fine. But guess what? I am a Christian. I love Jesus Christ very much and I am going to heaven because of my trust that He came to earth in form of man and suffered and died on the cross because he loved us and rose again in 3 days just so we could be with him at the end of our days. But guess what I also am. A Rastafarian. I am a Christian-Rasta who hates the idea that Emperor Haile Selassie I was thought to be an incarnation of God and loves the idea that Jesus Christ was is and always will be the ONLY son of God.

May you all have a Christ blessed day :)

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Posted July 01 2009 - 06:32 AM

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#3 RasLevi

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Posted July 01 2009 - 07:00 AM

Mate, I'll be honest. I understand where you are coming from. I have heard a dilemma very similar to this, if not the same. I don't agree with all of that but I can understand it.

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Posted August 23 2009 - 02:27 PM

I agree but disregard most theology completely
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Posted August 24 2009 - 02:03 AM

you seem rather deluded.

and im embarassed for you because you call yourself a rasta.


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Posted August 30 2009 - 11:49 AM

i feel really inspired after reading that post
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Posted August 30 2009 - 12:29 PM

Rastaforchrist: you should have never been harassed. People should be able to state their opinions and differences without being threatened, or called retarded for their beliefs. I don't agree with any of the Rasta beliefs, except I believe pot could heal this nation. But, I think you stated your views very well and you were very polite about it. So, right on to you for sharing. :)

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Posted September 10 2009 - 06:00 AM

BELIEFS:

Jesus Christ is the only God.

He came to earth, suffered, and died on the Cross.
He died for us and our sins so we could be with Him in heaven when we die.
He rose again 3 days later.

Smoking marijuana is the healing of the nation.
Alcohol is the destruction of the nation.
The entire Holy Bible is true down to the punctuation marks.

Both Israel and Africa are Holy Lands.
You must be a Christian to go to Heaven.
You can be white and be a Rastafarian.
You don't have to dread your hair or smoke herb to be Rastafarian.
Rastafari is a way of life, not a religion.

WHAT I DON'T BELIEVE IN:

I don't believe Haile Selassie I was any type of god-like figure at all.
I don't believe that you have to be African to be Rastafari.
I don't believe that you have to smoke herb or get dreadlocks to be Rastafari.
I don't believe you ever have to listen to Reggae to be Rastafari.
I don't believe that any present day figure is a prophet worthy of being holy.
I don't believe that you have to eat the Ital diet to be Rastafari.
I don't believe you have to be what people say 'true rasta' is to be Rastafari.

I'm sorry if that offends some of you who may remember me from my old profile. That's who I am. And if you say I'm just a fanatical Christian who wants to live in Jamaica and smoke ganja, fine. But guess what? I am a Christian. I love Jesus Christ very much and I am going to heaven because of my trust that He came to earth in form of man and suffered and died on the cross because he loved us and rose again in 3 days just so we could be with him at the end of our days. But guess what I also am. A Rastafarian. I am a Christian-Rasta who hates the idea that Emperor Haile Selassie I was thought to be an incarnation of God and loves the idea that Jesus Christ was is and always will be the ONLY son of God.

May you all have a Christ blessed day :)

Ok i wanted to point out somethings on three levels, the lines highlighted in red are points of yours which suggest that yes you are a Christian. The lines highlighted in black are the points that suggest there is a big difference between you and what I understand to be Rastafari. And finally the points in blue are the ones that do have a nice cross over.

So getting back to the points i have highlighted in black, what are your reasons for your beliefs behind those conclusions? And more perplexing, is why you don't just call yourself a Christian instead of trying to redefine Rasta? It seems to me, that it's almost like a Christian calling himself a Jewish* man that believes in the New Testament.

"I don't believe you have to be what people say 'true rasta' is to be Rastafari."

I think this point bothers me the most, I do agree on a deeper level, but in the context you have put it, don't you think it is disrespectful in some ways to try and tell a people that their religion is wrong and redefine it into what you want it to be? especially when you have both feet firmly in another existing religion?

It's not that I don't respect your right to your own beliefs, it's that use of the labels which seems to be problematic (in an intellectual debate of correctness, i dont give a shit what people want to call themselves in real life.). I don't think there is a problem in being a Christian and having a spiritual connection with Africa or to enjoy marijuana either, I don't think you have to define yourself as Rasta to believe what you believe.

Which leads me to my real question, which is the point of this whole issue you have decided to talk about. Why do you define yourself as Rasta?





*of course using the term Jewish to some one refering to themselves in the religious sense and not the ethnic/cultural sense.
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Posted September 10 2009 - 06:11 AM

some kids just want to smoke weed and wear cool colors to school so they call it a 'religion' and expect not to be called on it.
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Posted September 16 2009 - 01:30 AM

Come on what does that even mean? How can you be a Rastafarian and not accept H.I.M as The Messiah? Thats like saying you're a Christian but you don't accept Jesus Christ as The Saviour! At best its contradictory.

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Posted September 20 2009 - 04:29 AM

Why is it that you accept Jesus Christ as the embodiment of the Lord, but not Haile Selassie?

I accept both as the Lord's spirit, for the Lord is in all that is good, and all that is pure. I do not consider myself a Christian *or* a Rastafarian, however I share the views of both religions, along with a few other less commonly held beliefs.

By definition, you do not seem to be a Rastafarian. I do not regard myself as a Rastafarian because although I share the same views as most Rastafarians, I also share many other views held by other religions, which makes me beliefs often quite confusing to those who don't know me well.

Firstly, there is a reason that Rastafarians generally refer to "Marijuana" as Herb - because that is the term used in the Holy Bible, and "Marijuana" is a horrible slang term brought up by prohibition.

It seems to me like you're a Christian who smokes Herb, and you presume that is the only difference between Christianity and Rastafarianism. Most of the Christians I know actually smoke Herb, so it is not.

I understand you are coming from, but why do you claim to be a Rastafarian, I'm really missing the point. You can be a Christian and still believe everything you believe now.

God bless, Jah bless. :)

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Posted November 21 2009 - 02:24 PM

When Christ comes back to Earth, all of the Earth's Christian's would be gone. I'm still here, as well as many others. Therefore, he's not the second coming, or, "God Elect" in my book. Thank you everybody who supported me.
Herb is the healing of the nation, as alcohol is the destruction of mankind.

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Posted November 22 2009 - 06:22 PM

I am a proud Rasta-Christian


Therefore, he's not the second coming, or, "God Elect" in my book.


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Posted November 23 2009 - 04:31 AM

ya rly you should explain that one
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Posted November 23 2009 - 09:21 AM

Ahoy NP!
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Posted December 18 2009 - 05:23 PM

ahoy!
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Posted December 25 2009 - 11:50 AM

Merry Massing to our resident Christian Rasta ... in case you somehow put 2 and 2 together and get 4, His Majesty’s Earth-day is 23 July ... just in case.

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Posted August 25 2010 - 05:29 PM

I was exactly in the postion u were however there are many types of rasta .the twelve tribes of Israel sect believe jesus is the son of god and view haile of.only spreding gods word .they are more Christian oppinionated about Jesus .google.it u can.be a rasta and believe in Jesus

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Posted August 25 2010 - 07:29 PM

yeah, totally BRAH
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Posted August 31 2010 - 12:29 AM

lol found it

The Twelve Tribes of Israel is a Rastafarian group founded in Kingston, Jamaica, and now functioning worldwide. Its founder, Vernon Carrington, was known as Prophet Gad, and taught his students to read the Bible 'A Chapter A Day'.

Twelve Tribes of Israel (Ysrayl) Rastafarian organization accept Yahshuwah The Messiyah/Yesus Kristos as Master and Saviour, and H.I.M. Haile Selassie I as divinely chosen by the Creator to represent him on earth and not an incarnation. Due to the stigma associated with slavery and the false/pagan use of the name "Jesus" by enslavers/colonialist not practicing what they preached, it is preferred to use the ancient names of The Messiah (Ha Mashiyahch) which is Yahshuwah, Yahoshua or Yahshua (original sacred Hebrew name) and/or Yesus/I-Yesus Kristos (Amharic/Ge'ez name).

H.I.M. is seen as a divinely anointed king in the lineage of King David and King Solomon. While he is considered a type/representation of The Messiyah in Kingly Character, he is not Yahshuwah The Messiyah/Yesus Kristos himself, but a representative of the everlasting Davidic covenant, which is to be fulfilled by The MessiahYahshuah/ I-Yesus Kristos when he returns as The Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Yahudah).

The Twelve Tribes symbology is based on Yahqob's (Jacob's) 12 sons, and correspond to the months of the ancient Ysraylite (Israelite) calendar, beginning with April and Reuben. The Most High Jah/Yah/YHWH gave Yahqob a new name which was Ysrayl (Israel). Some people further relate the 12 Tribes to metaphysical signs. Thus Bob Marley came from the Tribe of Yowseph (Joseph), the eleventh of the biblical Ysrayl's (Israel's) twelve children (because he was born in February). The name Levi in Ijahman Levi represents the third child who was born to Yahqob (Jacob). Another well known reggae group of this organization is Israel Vibration.

Bob Marley, by quoting a biblical passage about Yowseph (Joseph) on the album cover of Rastaman Vibration, was acknowledging his own support for this sect. Dennis Brown, Freddie McGregor, Mikey Dread and many other roots reggae artists were associated with The Twelve Tribes of Israel (Ysrayl).

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Posted December 07 2010 - 08:57 AM

All of us are African, deeper than that, all are related, and all are one, and share the same source,

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Nature in the Rastafarian Consciousness

Erin David

April 22,1998

Living in harmony with the environment and the laws of Nature is one of the central ideas of Rastafarianism. To live in accordance with the Earth is to live in accordance with Jah; it is incorporated into the morality that is Rastafarian consciousness. The Rasta's reverence for nature is influenced by the traditional African religions which are still practiced in Jamaica and which have also influenced Christianity on the island tremendously. Hinduism, too, has influenced many Rastafarian beliefs and practices. Through the Rastafarian's calculated rejection of Western cultural norms they have come to realize capitalism and the environmental destruction it has caused as Babylon, a place of destruction and greed. In order to escape this"Babylon system"a lifestyle has been employed that is focused on a correlation between man and nature. This lifestyle is an environmentally sound ideal that others around the World are only now beginning to strive for.

The African Tradition

In order to understand the Rastafarian idealism relating to the environment we must first consider the traditions from which it came. In Jamaica, the survival of the African religious tradition can be felt throughout the island. Most clearly this religious tradition is demonstrated by Kumina groups. Kumina is generally accepted as being West African in origin; brought here by the Ashanti. These people above all others were taken for the slave trade because the British regarded them as an especially sturdy and good for labor (Barrett 16,1997.) The Ashanti came to dominate slave, and later, peasant society, especially within the realm of religion. The practice eventually spread throughout the slave World (Barrett 17,1997.)

Kumina is based on the belief in a pantheon of gods, mostly non-human spirits associated with natural forces, the worship of ancestors, a high superstitious quality, and the belief that sometimes human spirits return to the living in the form of duppies or ghosts (Bishton 104,1986.) Among the Ashanti is the belief that everything possesses a soul or sunsum, even non-living objects like rocks. Thus the religion of the slaves believed that,"the entire realm of nature has been endowed with personal life; and every tree or plant, every river or stone, becomes a source of energy or power which may be used, abused, offended or destroyed (Morrish 17,1983.)"

Unlike in Haiti, where slaves wee virtually forced to accept Catholicism by the French, the British found their slaves to be unworthy of their religion. One hundred and sixty-one years after the British took over the Jamaican House of Assembly passed an act to bring Christianity into the lives of the slaves. However, opposition to the act was so strong among the British planters that no clergyman would risk the support of his parish in order to carry out the task. In fact, it was missionaries from outside of Jamaica that brought Christianity to the slaves. The Moravians, Methodists, and Baptists were the first to come. They were non traditional denominations that had exuberant services that fit into the excitement of Kumina ceremonies. What resulted from the influx of Christianity into the Afro-Jamaican's life was a religion that was basically a mix between the African tradition and the new Christianity (Barrett 20,1997.) The new mixture has survived. Presently in Jamaica there are three sects of African-Christian religions: Pukumina, the Revival Cult, and Revival Zion. All draw aspects from African religions yet identify themselves as Christian (Barrett 20,1997.)

In Jamaica, where 99 percent of the population is of African decent shamanism and the spirit World are very much a part of reality for many, especially in rural communities (Bishton 103,1986.) It is from this tradition that Rastafarianism was born.

Hinduism's Influence

Rastafarianism began as the beliefs of four men: Leonard P. Howell, Robert Hinds, H. Archibald Dunkley and Nathanial Hibbert. All were clergymen and all claimed to have had a revelation that the coronation of Haile Selassie signaled that he was the black messiah foretold of in the scriptures who would lead Africans out of Babylon into redemption. Howell was the most outspoken of the group and proclaimed the divinity of Selassie to all that would listen (Clarke 33,1986.) Howell's main goal was the establishment of a community of followers. In 1940 he formed the Pinnacle community in St. Catherine's. This was the first Rastafarian community. One of Howell's early followers was an Indian man remembered only as Laloo. It has been suggested that has influences on Howell may account for some of the similarities between Hinduism and Rastafarianism. Howell preferred to be referred to as Gunggunguru Maragh. The name is a combination of the three Hindi words gyan, wisdom, gun, virtue, and guru, teacher ,or translated to teacher of famed wisdom. Maragh means king (Bishton 105,1986.)

An account of the possible influences of Hindu philosophy on early Rastafarianism thought has been given by Dr. Ajai Mansingh in an article in the July 18, 1982 Daily Gleamer. Dr. Mansingh states that roughly 36,400 indentured servants were brought to Jamaica from India between 1845 and 1910, bringing with them a new religious, cultural, and social outlook. He also hypothesizes that because the Indians had a similar outlook on nature and its forces in terms of faith healings, herbal medicine, and animalism as the Afro-Jamaicans that it sparked an interest in Hindu philosophy. It has also been noted that within the Afro Christian religions there is a great respect given to the"Great Book of Magical Arts, Hindu Magic and Indian Occultism (Bishton 105,1986.)

The Rastafarians like the Hindus believe in a system of reincarnation . Rastas believe that from one birth to another the same spirit persists. Therefore, all the prophets from Jesus to Garvey to Selassie are in a sense the same. This belief is central to the understanding that they, as Africans in exile, are the chosen people- the Israelites of the old testament (Clarke 69,1986.) Dr. Mansingh also reflects on the relationship of Rastafarians to ganja, or marijuana, which was brought to Jamaica by the Indians who had used it for herbal medicine and as a hallucinogen to be used as a meditation aid for centuries. Rastafarians often refer to it Kali- a Hindu goddess whose name means"great black mother whose invoking is usually associated with the lifting of sagging spirits (Bishton 116,1986.)"Also, Reddington (1995) states that"the dreadlocked, ganja-smoking saddhu or wandering ascetic is a well known figure in India, and bands of saddhus often live in Rasta-like camps and smoke marijuana from a formally-blessed communal chalice pipe."The influence of Hinduism on Rastafarianism, though most likely not as significant as the African influences, definitely should not be overlooked when considering the development of the movements ideology.

Sitting in the Dust

From these traditions the Rastafarians received a respect and deep connection to the natural World that has been incorporated into the lifestyle which Rastafarians emulate. The term"livity"is common among Rastas. It refers to an independent lifestyle that rejects the dependency mentality cast upon blacks since slavery. Rastafarians act out livity in various ways, but the goal is to strive for the an Ital way of life (Jacobs 90, 1985.)

The Rastafarian seeks to live in harmony with the natural World. Johnson-Hill (p202, 1995) states that"the Rasta word Ital is used to convey a sense of natural, organic purity, as well as cultural authenticity."The ital way of life is regarded as directly opposed to the artificiality of lifestyles associated with Western consumerism. The Rastafarian's consciousness of the Ital ideal is expressed through diet, hairstyle, a rural experience, a sense of community, and an emphasis on simplicity (Johnson-Hill 201, 1995.) In practice, living naturally means producing one's own food, eating only an Ital diet and, respecting the sacredness of the Earth by refusing to use it commercially or to sell it for profit. In this way, Rastas believe themselves to be living in accordance with both the ways of Jah and with the African way. This is in some ways, an attempt to return to the pre-Babylon days (Clarke 83, 1986.)

An important aspect of the Rastafarian quest for a closeness with nature consists of the practice of"sitting in the dust,"or remaining close to the Earth in order to develop an understanding of the intricacies of nature. However, Clarke (83, 1986) observes that"in the West it is almost impossible now to 'sit in the dust,' for there man confronts Nature, strives to manipulate and conquer it, disrespects its laws, is even prepared to manufacture weapons for the total destruction of this loving mother, Earth."

Rastafarianism livity evokes a consciousness in regard to living arrangements that aim to bring about a communal relationship. It also brings a yearning for country life as it was in earlier days, and how it is presently within established Rasta communities. Country life is often idealized because of the nurturing and sense of community that it fosters. The Rastafarian ethic calls for social renewal by means of building on the solidarity of the village (Johnson-Hill 335, 1995.)

The Ital Diet

An important aspect of Rastafarian livity is the diet which they adhere to. Rastas are primarily vegetarians: They eat no meat, poultry, pork or shellfish. On occasion many will eat fish smaller that twelve inches in length. Fish larger than that are considered to be symbolic of the Babylonians who feed on the lives of others (Jacobs 89,1985.)

Many Rastas advocate eating holistic, unprocessed foods which they call"ital,"coming from the words"natural,"and"vital."Many fruits and vegetables are eaten raw in order to gain the most nourishment. The Ital diet is believed to be more helpful to the body than are processed foods that use chemicals and preservatives (Youd 1987.) Indigenous fruits and vegetables like plantains, papayas, oranges and calallo are the basis for the diet. Many combine their foods with a great understanding of their nutrients and the relationships among those nutrients (Jacobs 91,1985.)

Natural medicine is widely practiced within Rastafarianism. The general belief among Rastas is that there is no illness for which nature provides no cure (Chevannes 24,1998.) Wild bushes and leaves from trees are prepared in teas and juices which are aimed at the alleviation of certain symptoms, including headaches, colds, cramps, and others. Within Rastafarian society there is often a"Rasta-doctor,"who specializes in the ways in which the various herbs, leaves, roots, and grasses interact. The Rasta doctor also may use prayer or sorcery to combat the particular illness. One Rastafarian doctor, Ras Hu-I is quoted as saying to Bishton:(105, 1986)

"I believe in herbs because there are more powerful active ingredients in the herbs than have ever been discovered by Western scientists. I know that herbs was before man. I know that these active ingredients within these herbs are for the use of man. I would never encourage no one to take any active part in Western medicine. It kills. These Western scientists, they use too much weapons, too much surgery which destroys the natural, the harmonious flow of life within
one's system."

Ganja, or marijuana, tea is also used widely for its medicinal values. Rural doctors prescribe tea for a variety of illnesses including rheumatism and insomnia. The leaves and stems of green ganja are boiled and the resulting tea is drank (Bishton 106, 1986.)

Ganja

Ganja is not used exclusively for its medicinal purposes within Rastafarianism. It is considered a sacrament and is used both ritually and socially. At meetings, or 'reasoning sessions' participants take the 'sacred chalice' to smoke. Drum playing, chanting, and poetry readings are common occurrences. While no one is forced to participate in the smoking of ganja, most Rastas do. It is widely believed amongst Rastas that can bring revelation and inspiration to those who smoke it. Smoking the herb is said to bring great healing and increase the intensity of meditation (Clarke 89, 1986.)

The use of ganja is justified by Rastafarians on the basis that it is a plant, which grows from the Earth and was therefor given to man. Many Biblical quotes are employed to demonstrate this point including, from Genesis 1:29"Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the Earth, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat."From the book of Revelations 22:2"In the midst of the street there was the tree of life, and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations."Rastas believe Ganja to be this tree, and the smoking of it to be in accordance with the natural way.

Natty Dreads

Dreadlocks are symbolic of many things within Rastafarianism. A widely held belief is that dreads are intended to intimidate and put dread into them. While this is one explanation, it is only one aspect of the practice. Dreads are grown by some in order that they resemble a lion's mane- a sign of strength and a tribute to the Lion of Judah, Haille Selassie (Clarke 90, 1986.)

Many see the cultivation of locks as Biblically inspired and a sign of accordance with the natural way. Dreadlocks are not created by the use of any type of gel or glue, rather they are uncut, uncombed black hair in its natural state. They are also seen as an outward expression of a commitment to natural living. They are also a device aimed to create an increased self-awareness, and are an affirmation of ones African heritage (Clarke 92,1986.)


By growing dreadlocks the Rastafarian has rejected the Western standard that have thrust chemicals and treatments onto Africans. They have distanced themselves from mainstream culture by signaling that they do not wish to be accepted into a society that does not cherish African beauty and heritage. In this way locks are a form of protest against the prevailing"Babylon system"(Clarke 90,1986.)

Babylon System

To Rastafarians the culture and particularly the economic and political systems of Jamaica, and the West in general, are equated with the Biblical Babylon, a place of captivity. Babylon has also come to symbolize the attitudes that hold Africans in a subservient position. The World, as the Rasta knows it, is dominated by the belief system that brought about slavery, racism, capitalism, and exploitation and has therefor pushed aside the needs of African peoples (Witvliet 114, 1985.) In Babylonian life there is a void of spirituality, and respect for the Earth which has instead been replaced by the pursuit of money and rampant development.

The Babylonian has, in the eyes of the Rasta, lost his connection to the natural World. He has become independent from the natural processes by surrounding himself with artificial gadgets and high rise buildings. The Westerner, who once used slaves, now uses machines to perform his natural tasks. This has led to the decadence which is present within the industrialized society (Clarke 83,1986.)

Babylon is encompassing of all that is wrong with the white, capitalist World. According to the Rasta Western society is built upon imperialism and domination over human and non-human life. Babylon has come to represent any system which is oppressive including the police, politicians, and the dominant philosophy (Johnson-Hill 257,1995.)

Most recently, Babylon has revealed itself through the neo colonialism of foreign aid and structural adjustments. These programs, sponsored by institutions like the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, are supposed to be aimed at reducing debt within developing nations. However, they have essentially been turned into a war on the poor. They have ended communal control of land, seized land for debt, and forced upon developing nations new agricultural programs aimed at increasing capital. With these programs cash crops have replaced traditional farming and subsistence agriculture. The drive towards industrialization and large-scale agriculture has been relentless. The goal of structural adjustment programs has been"the annihilation of the old, African system of reproduction of labor power and struggle based upon the village and its tenure of the commons"(Federici 12,1990 as cited in Turner 38, 1994.) Increasingly, for Rastas Babylon is no longer a reference to a Biblical city, nor is it a term of abuse. It is a description of their everyday reality (Chevannes 186, 1998.)

Around the globe there are huge inequalities in the distribution of wealth. To many Rastas, nothing is more symbolic of the absurd abuse of funds and power than the space program. Rastafarians question how the West can morally justify the amount of money spent on space expeditions while the poor can hardly afford the basic necessities for survival. To a Rastafarian, a moon launch represents an abandonment of Earthly realities and of responsibilities to others on the planet (Johnson-Hill 215, 1995.)

Rastafarianism Abroad

The structural adjustment programs and neo-colonialism present within Jamaica are not limited to the island country. They are being employed all over the developing World. In Kenya programs have had strong effects on the Mau Mau and other indigenous people. However, the Mau Mau have fought back. Led by Dr. Wangari Matu Maathai, a Kenyan feminist, the various groups effected by the programs united to form the Green Belt Movement. The movement, primarily consisting of women, has employed resistance tactics to oppose development, and defend the land on which they live and farm. Many of the members have been referred to as Rastafarians (Turner43, 1995.)

Within the movement political reggae is central and Bob Marley is highly revered. Since 1982 Kenyan Rastas have been commemorating Marley's birthday. Turner (44, 1995) reports that:"While Government repression discourages the display of any Rasta symbolism or the Garveyite colours of red, gold, and green; phrases such as 'beat down Babylon, ghetto child,' may be seen traced in the dust on a city bus."

Rastafarianism has also influenced other islands within the Caribbean. In the 1970s the islands in the Caribbean faced a huge unemployment rate of between 30 and 40 percent. Under these conditions, the youth of the Caribbean began to look to Rastafarianism. In Grenada, Rastafarian groups formed agricultural communities and began to cultivate locks. They also participated in the People's Revolutionary Army which successfully overthrew the government. The victory in Grenada attracted youths of all races within the Caribbean, including Indians and some whites, to unite under Rastafari (Barrett 236, 1997.)

Conclusion

Rastafarianism is a way of life that has emerged in response to the oppression, poverty, and colonialism imposed upon African peoples by the dominant, Western, white culture. The Rastas, though, have not accepted the view of nature that the dominant has handed them, rather, they have chosen to follow in the traditions of their ancestors. The African tradition in Jamaica adheres to the principles of animism, where all things are believed to have a spirit. This doctrine is essential to the development of a World view that is encompassing of the natural laws. Through the Afro-Jamaican heritage and various influences the Rastafarians have gained a deep appreciation for the intricacies of the Earth. Their beliefs, lifestyles, and rituals are a reflection of this appreciation.

The lifestyle of the Rastafarians comply with those that are currently prescribed by ecologists and environmentalists. The diet of the Rastas, which consists of organic, vegetarian foods has been a mainstay of the movement since its beginnings. Yet, only recently has this idea gained momentum in the Western World. The emphasis placed on small farms, or sustainable agriculture, too, has recently been recognized as a more viable form of agriculture than are the large, agro-industries that have taken over much of the World. Because the Rasta did not allow himself to be separated from nature, he has become more aware of the laws which govern it and has therefor retained a deep respect for the Earth, unlike the majority of the Western World.



Works Cited

1) Barrett, Leonard E.,The Rastafarians (Boston, Beacon Press, 1997)

2) Bishton,Derek Blackheartman: A Journey into the Rasta (London, Chatto and Windus Ltd., 1986)

3) Chevannes, Barry Rastafari and Other African-Caribbean Worldviews (New Brunswick, Rutgers U. Press 1998)

4) Clarke, Peter B. Black Paradise: The Rastafarian Movement (San Bernadino, Borgo Press 1986)

5) Jacobs, Virginia Lee Roots of Rastafari (San Diego, Slawson Communications, Inc 1985)

6) Johnson-Hill, Jack A. I-Sight, The World of Rastafari: An Interpretive Sociological Account of Rastafarian Ethics (Metuchen N.J., The American Theological Library Ass. And Scarecrow Press, Ink. 1995)

7) Morrish, Ivan Jamaica and its Religions (Cambridge, James Clarke and Co. 1982)

8) Reddington, Norman Rastafari History, http://lamar.colosta...ingg/rasta.html May 1995

9) Turner, Terisa Arise Ye Mighty People: Gender, Class, and Race in Popular Struggles,"The New Society"(Trenton, Africa World Press, 1994)

10) Witvliet, Theo A Place in the Sun: An Introductio to Liberation Theology in the Third World (SCM Press Ltd. 1985)

11) Youd, Ital Itations of Jamaica and I Rastafari... the First Itation (Miami, Judah Anbesa Ihntahnahshinch 1987)

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Posted December 15 2010 - 11:57 AM

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Posted December 15 2010 - 06:34 PM

you can spin it any way you like eh

spirits, dancin in the flesh

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Posted December 19 2010 - 11:55 AM

nevermind

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Posted December 19 2010 - 12:12 PM

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what if jesus was a rasta? and you have been lied to your entire life? and everything you knew isent.
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Posted December 26 2010 - 11:52 PM

I thought that many already thought that pretty much

it wouldn't really suprise me, Jesus was just a good person, and most rastas seem to be good people, or earnestly trying to, Jesus lives in us all, I think

even me, someone with persistent delusions.

its sad he had to face we he faced, but God gave him what he needed to get through it okay, God gives all what we need to get through our life journey

in a moment everything could change, in a moment all woes could be gone... things do change like that all the time, we can't relate though sadly, until it happens to us, but it will happen to all of us

i really must go though, its interesting your name is Floes.. its so bizarre.. so much is bizare, this isn't a place for me to be,

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Posted April 17 2011 - 02:22 PM

Alright. I've been harassed before on Hipfourms for many things, including my beliefs. So I'm going to state what I believe in and what I don't now to clear this up for everyone. Agree, disagree, comment, go ahead. I'm just making this public.

BELIEFS:

Jesus Christ is the only God.
He came to earth, suffered, and died on the Cross.
He died for us and our sins so we could be with Him in heaven when we die.
He rose again 3 days later.
Smoking marijuana is the healing of the nation.
Alcohol is the destruction of the nation.
The entire Holy Bible is true down to the punctuation marks.
Both Israel and Africa are Holy Lands.
You must be a Christian to go to Heaven.
You can be white and be a Rastafarian.
You don't have to dread your hair or smoke herb to be Rastafarian.
Rastafari is a way of life, not a religion.

WHAT I DON'T BELIEVE IN:

I don't believe Haile Selassie I was any type of god-like figure at all.
I don't believe that you have to be African to be Rastafari.
I don't believe that you have to smoke herb or get dreadlocks to be Rastafari.
I don't believe you ever have to listen to Reggae to be Rastafari.
I don't believe that any present day figure is a prophet worthy of being holy.
I don't believe that you have to eat the Ital diet to be Rastafari.
I don't believe you have to be what people say 'true rasta' is to be Rastafari.

I'm sorry if that offends some of you who may remember me from my old profile. That's who I am. And if you say I'm just a fanatical Christian who wants to live in Jamaica and smoke ganja, fine. But guess what? I am a Christian. I love Jesus Christ very much and I am going to heaven because of my trust that He came to earth in form of man and suffered and died on the cross because he loved us and rose again in 3 days just so we could be with him at the end of our days. But guess what I also am. A Rastafarian. I am a Christian-Rasta who hates the idea that Emperor Haile Selassie I was thought to be an incarnation of God and loves the idea that Jesus Christ was is and always will be the ONLY son of God.

May you all have a Christ blessed day :)


I know everybody has already added their two sense...and I am sure I am late with mine. I have a blog.... www.jamaicanrastafarianlove.com I am a "true" rasta. When someone says true rasta...it means....we were BORN... a rasta. There is a big difference between someone born a rasta, and someone who becomes Rasta. so the statement true rasta is real. Also is someone doesnt believe in this and that and call them self rasta...its nonsensical. Our beliefs are written on our hearts and we have no option to remove and keep some of our beliefs and principles

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Posted April 17 2011 - 09:02 PM

Rasta-Christian? Does that even make sense?

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Posted June 16 2011 - 02:01 PM

:sunny: You should check out the Rasta-Christian page http://www.facebook....229495427067336