Rastafari is a religion, or ideology for some
Haile Selassie I, the former emperor of Ethiopia as a very important figure, usually in a religious way. They have gained fame through their spiritual act of using Ganja
, which is quite unfortunate, for their is much more to the religion. It is also
unfortunate that many non-Rastafarians
believe only blacks can be Rastafarian, which is untrue, it is open to people of all races.
hold Haile Selassie I as Jah
Some Rastafarians believe Haile
Selassie I is the son of Jah, the Messiah. People
who follow this path sometimes believe
Selassie I is the 'the Son' part of the Holy Trinity.
Many, if not most Rastafarians are technically some kind of Christian, but have a place
for Selassie I in their faith. Some see him as the reincarnation of Jesus
. Others see him as a God incarnate, but don't say very much about him having anything
to do with Jesus. Some believe
he was sent
by Jah and hold the belief
that the Father, Jesus, the Holy Ghost, and Selassie I are different
people, but are all Jah. Some believe
he is just an extremely important figure, not Jah himself. One of the reasons many people choose one of these opinions or another similar to them is that Haile Selassie I himself was an Ehtiopian Orthodox, meaning
Opinions of who Selassie I is vary tremendously. Most Rastafarians believe
find out for themselves who they believe
he is, possibly with the help of Jah.
portion of Rastafarians are either vegetarian or only eat limited types of meat, living by the dietary Laws
of Leviticus and Deuteronomy in the Old Testament.
Dreadlocks are often
worn by Rastafarians because
of what was said in Leviticus 21:5 . Others wear them simply because
it has been a hairstyle for a very long time in Africa.
is extremely popular amongst Rastamen
and women. One of the the most
popular Rastafarian reggae composers is Bob Marley
One should not call this
religion "Rastafarianism". Most Rastafarians find it disrespectful, for they often reject many "schisms and isms".
There is more to learn
faith, which can be read about in online encyclopedias, other websites, and various other places.