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RAS TAF ARI
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ORIGINS The origins of Rastafari begin with King Solomon, and the Queen of Sheba. On her visit to King Solomon in Jerusalem, she was converted to the faith of Abraham, and the G-d of the Hebrews. Upon her return (and with child) she converted her kingdom of Sheba to Judaism, and promised that if Solomon died, her son would continue to teach and prolong the faith of the Hebrews in her land (which is modern Ethiopia). An undiluted form of Judaism is still very prominent in Ethiopia to this day. Thousands of years later, Paul the Apostle converted many in Ethiopia to Christianity. Thus began the Ethiopian Orthodox church, which kept all of it’s Judaic and Egyptian/Nile Valley aspects and influence (which Rastafari also holds all of). Another two thousand years, and the coronation of a black Ethiopian King Haile Selassie I (who’s real name is Ras Tafari Mekonnen) fulfills prophecy for thousands of blacks around the globe, and thus begins the religion of Rastafari.
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ORIGINS (cont.) Coronated as Haile Selassie the First, Rastafarianism stems from prophecies and scripture fulfilled through his coronation, bloodline, and his fending off of the fascist Italian forces during WW2. A connection is made in Jamaica, and in the hearts and minds of Rastas around the globe, between Rome, Babylon in Revelations, and their invasion of Ethiopia. Haile Selassie is seen as a living G-d and the second coming of the Messiah to thousands of new Rastafarians.
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CREATION Rastafari teaches the same beliefs of “intelligent design” creation that one would find most reformed, liberal Jews to believe. i.e. Teaching the book of Genesis in an allegorical sense, not literal.
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THE HOLY PIBY The Holy Piby is the main sacred text of the Rastafari. It was compiled by Robert Athlyi Rogers of Anguilla from 1913 to 1917 . It was collected from many sacred Ethiopian texts written in Amharic, the language of Ethiopia for centuries. It was printed coincidentally around the time of much controversy and conflict erupting through out Ethiopia, the Carribbean and South Africa. It it is considered to be the “Black Man’s
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This note was uploaded on 11/19/2011 for the course REL 101 taught by Professor Ernst during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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rasta1 - RASTAFARI ORIGINS The origins of Rastafari begin...

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