Rastafarianism: what do we know about the religion of God JHA and his followers
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Rastafarianism is one of the youngest, unusual and surrounded by stereotypes of religions. She appeared in Africa, the birthplace of mankind, so her supporters are assured that their faith is the most ancient and correct on the planet. But really Rastafarians recently celebrated the centenary year, and their spiritual leader is not overgrown with myths of the ancient person, and a very real person, who lived in the 20th century.
Appeared Rastafarians and in fact, in the cradle of humankind in Ethiopia. And due to the fact that in this region of Africa is traditionally many Christians, it is not surprising that faith in Christ has had a great influence on the new religion. Here it should be noted that Ethiopian Christianity slightly different from the familiar.
Jesus and the saints black and depict them in an unusual, almost animation techniques. The services in the churches of Ethiopia also surprise guests, after all, are not held to the accompaniment of singing and accompanied by African drums. Rastafarians have borrowed a lot of this unusual Christianity, and in addition pokebola something ancient, animalistic beliefs.
The main idea of Rastafarians is the return of all people, which flows in the veins the blood of the people from the Black continent home to Africa. We know that African civilization suffered from Westerners — a few centuries caravans were taken by land or sea black people, turning it into a lifelong slaves.
The island of Jamaica, located in the Caribbean sea, was one of the major transit points of slave owners on the road in North and South America. That is why the island of the strong influence of African and popular rastafarianism. This religion claims that black people of Africa was given to slavery white people as a punishment for sins.
Now, the Rastafarians have to wait for Jah have mercy on them and sent them all to the promised land in Ethiopia. This is very similar to how the Jews were God's will is given into captivity to the Egyptians, and then returned to his homeland in Palestine. This religion JHA continues to include all of the white oppressors of the black race, despite the abolition of slavery. European culture oppresses African, and so Rastaman deliberately oppose themselves to the Europeans.
Yes, Rastafarians like Christianity, but at the same time different from him. In this religion there are no strict rituals and canons, development and even just a well-defined doctrine. But in rastafarianism, there are certain principles that cannot be broken.
The Rastafarians believe that the human body is sacred and should not be profaned by tattoos, hair, shaving and different modifications. Ideal foods for the Rastafarian vegetarian, but if the meat and eat the pork still try to avoid it. Other religions to believe in God JHA does not exist, but are required to respect other's beliefs, including religious ones.
All people, animals and even plants need to help. Western culture, with its temptations and vices, the default is evil and should be avoided. Well, the main thing — all the people on earth are brothers and they are supposed to love. Negative emotions, aggression, angry and vile deeds are forbidden as well as in any other religion.
In rastafarianism no saints in the truest sense of the word, but is particularly revered personality. The most important figure in the religion is regarded as Marcus Garvey, the Creator of "the world Association for the advancement of blacks" and a passionate fighter for the rights of blacks.
In the early 20th century Garvey actively encouraged the brothers and sisters to drop everything and go back to Africa, where they live in peace, love and harmony. In their speeches, public figure often mentioned of a "black king", who will lead the returning home of the prodigal sons and daughters. He laid the Foundation of the worship of Haile Selassie — last king of Ethiopia.
Ethiopian monarch, until he came to the throne, wore the aristocratic title of RAS Tafari Makonnen. He gave the name of the religion of God JHA. Haile Selassie was considered a descendant of the biblical king Solomon and he was recognized as the only incarnation of Jah on earth.
The most important figure in Rastafari, Bob Marley. The musician is not considered a prophet or a Saint, but his influence on the culture of rastapasta is difficult to overestimate. Music is closely linked Marley Jamaican and African culture, and he became the epitome of a true Rastaman.
A mandatory attribute of a true Rastaman always had Teddy. It is not only a direct reference to the many peoples of Africa, the braids, but also a way to keep the hair that a true Rastaman does not cut his entire life. They have religious significance — ja, when the time comes, will be able to recognize reddam their own and take them home.
But where did God Jah, so cruelly ordered the fate of black brothers and sisters and not rushing to return to their homeland? The name of Jah taken directly from the Bible, because Jah is one of the names of God Christians and Jews. The promised land, Rastas called Zion in the understanding of believers is both Ethiopia and throughout the African continent, who somehow. Western civilization Rastaman called Babylon is a symbol of evil and oppression of blacks.