Jamaican rastafarianism, Bob Marley and understanding the religion.
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Jamaican Rastafarianism


The history of the movement’s beginning is uncertain but the organization of Rastafarianism has taken a strong grip during the 1930 when Marcus Garvey made a prophecy. Garvey believed that all Africans should be given the chance to return to Africa if they so desire.

When Garvey traveled to Jamaica to seek supporters for his movement very little was found. However the turning point was where Rastafarians saw a fulfillment in Garvey’s prophecy where he said “Look to Africa where a black king shall be crowned, he shall be your redeemer.”, in his farewell speech. This fulfillment occurred in Ethiopia in 1930 upon the crowning of the Emperor Haile Selassie 1.

It is believed by Rastafarians that he is the Black Messiah. The first rasta is said to be Leonard Powell and is responsible for creating the first branch Rastafari making is a religion. In the initial stages Rastafarianism have gone through a lot of prosecution and was looked down on.

But overtime it was accepted and there is even some persons who grow their hair live Rastafarians and have the ‘dreadlocks’ also. Going back to the history of Rastafarianism, in 1966, Haile Selassie 1 came to Jamaica and was welcomed. This visit further improved the Rastafarian movement. However the biggest push for the Rastafarian movement is Bob Marley and the reggae music. Due to Bob’s influence Rastafarianism has reached the international level.

Rastafarians have a strong belief in their religion and is on the modern front now due to the legend that was left behind by the previous generation of the faith. The colors of the Rastafarian religion bring a powerful voice to their belief in one’s self and their universal love for everyone around them.

I will close however by shedding some light on the ceremonies that Rastafarians participate in. There are two main types of ceremony in this religion and they are Groundation and Reasoning. Groundation is simply a holy day and is otherwise known as Binghi. They are marked by a lot of dancing, feasting, singing and smoking ganja. This ceremony normally last for a couple days. Reasoning which is the other ceremony is a much simpler event. This is where the Rastas meet and smoke ganja, otherwise known as cannabis. The person that is given the honor to light the cannabis is the one responsible for saying a
short prayer first and foremost.

Rastafarianism in Jamaica today is respected and accepted by the people unlike in the 1930s when it was first established.

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